Asist enables people (advocacy partners) who have difficulty speaking out to speak up and make their own, informed, independent choices about decisions that affect their lives. We provide people with independent, community based and specialist mental health one to one advocacy support.
Asist individualises the benefits of advocacy within each advocacy partnership whilst also affecting wider changes in services through the collective advocacy process.
The benefits from advocacy are commonly identified as:
• individuals feel empowered
• their quality of life is improved
• their access to support options is improved
• communication between service users and professionals is improved
• there are wider changes in services. (Wetherell and Wetherell, 2008)
Asist supports an increase in the health literacy of our advocacy partners.
Asist also enables people who have difficulty speaking out to speak up and make their own, informed, independent choices about decisions that affect their lives. Advocacy promotes increased levels of health literacy through one to one advocacy support which in turn promotes patient activation (self-advocacy) by advocacy partners.