Generic Adult Advocacy
Asist provides a generic advocacy service across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.
Who can use the service?
The service can provide support to people with physical disabilities, learning disabilities and/or mental health conditions. The service is available to adults aged 18 years and over with no upper age limit.
What does the service do?
Advocates are allocated to work alongside people who are referred to the service and where there is a specific issue, or issues, that the person feels they need advocacy support to resolve. Generally, although not exclusively, advocates provide support to people who need assistance to understand their options and assert their views, choices and opinions in relation to services they are receiving from health and social care. 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.
Advocacy is free to access and confidential, however, we regret that the service is frequently busy and there is typically a waiting list for allocation of an advocate.
In some circumstances, as a result of their condition, it is not possible for the advocate to communicate with the person about their views, choices and opinions. In this situation, our advocate can still work with the person using non-instructed advocacy techniques. These involve testing any proposed decision against a defined set of quality-of-life principles. Asist is a leading practitioner in non-instructed advocacy and its Watching Brief policy is one of the nationally recognised approaches. For more information see our Links and Downloads page. Asist also offers training courses in non-instructed advocacy techniques. For more information see our Training page.
How do I access the service?
Anyone can make a referral to the service. Often people are referred by professionals in health and social care, however, we will happily accept referrals from carers, family or friends, and direct from the person who needs an advocate if they wish to self refer. Please note, however, that advocacy is a partnership with the person being supported and, where their condition allows, the person being referred must know about the referral and want to work with an advocate. To make a referral, please follow the Contact Us link at the top of this page to find the office covering the area where service is required and call the office directly.
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 Steve Gray Generic Project Co-ordinator on 01782 845584.