An advocate's role is to help you to understand what is going to happen, help you to make decisions and to make sure the correct procedures are followed by Health and Social Care services.
Advocacy services help people to:
- access information and services
- be involved in decisions about their lives
- explore choices and options
- defend and promote their rights and responsibilities
- speak out about issues that matter to them
The service is for people who have substantial difficulty in being involved with the assessment of their needs, their care planning or their care reviews, and who have nobody appropriate to help them.
An advocacy service is provided by someone who is independent of Adult Social Care services, the NHS and who is not a friend or part of your family.
How to access advocacy services
South Tyneside has a range of advocacy services available for people who need support to access care and health services and carers.
Many disability organisations also provide advocacy services for people with learning and physical disabilities. For more information please see, NHS Choices: Advocacy services.