Advocacy is about equality

Asist works alongside people with physical disabilities, learning disabilities or mental health conditions. We strive to ensure that there is support for people who have difficulty speaking out, so that they can have an equal voice in the choices and decisions that affect their lives.

An advocate will not be judgemental, and will not try to guide or influence the people they work with by telling them what the advocate thinks is in their best interest - advocacy is about enabling people to speak up and make their own, informed, independent choices.

An advocate can support people to:

• find information about their options

• discuss and understand their situation and the choices available to them

• speak up; by supporting them at meetings and reviews, including those with health and social care services and helping people to write letters or make calls.

If you would like more information about advocacy

Asist provides a range of awareness sessions for organisations you would like to know more about the range of advocacy services we offer in Staffordshire. If your interesed in an awareness session please contact Jane Smith Care Act Project Co-ordinator on 01782 845584.

Recognition

Asist was one of the first organisations to become accredited with the Quality Performance Mark for Advocacy Services, including the additional assessment for delivery of the Independent Mental Capacity Advocate Service.

Asist is accredited as an organisation that is positive about employing people with disabilities and has held Investors in People accreditation for over 10 years in recognition of its investment in training and developing staff.