Advocacy

What do we mean by Advocacy?

Advocacy is taking action to help people say what they want, secure their rights, represent their interests and obtain services they need. Advocates and advocacy schemes work in partnership with the people they support and take their side. Advocacy promotes social inclusion, equality and social justice. (Action for Advocacy)

About Advocacy at York Mind.

Advocacy is taking action to help people say what they want, secure their rights, represent their interests and obtain services they need. Advocates and advocacy schemes work in partnership with the people they support and take their side. Advocacy promotes social inclusion, equality and social justice. (Action for Advocacy)

York Mind has delivered a successful advocacy service since 1997. From April 1st 2013 we launched our new service called York Advocacy, which provides a range of specialist advocacy services including, General Advocacy, NHS Advocacy and Self- Advocacy. In April 2014 we commenced delivery of Care Act Advocacy as part of a York based partnership with other advocacy providers.

Advocacy can support you to have a strong voice when you need to make an important decision or are facing issues you need help with. We work within a wide range of enquiry areas including health and social care, child protection, housing, complaints and accessing appropriate services and support.

We Can.

  • Help you to decide what to do
  • Tell you about your rights
  • Go to meetings and appointments with you
  • Find out information and who to contact
  • Speak out on your behalf
  • Help you to fill in forms
  • Assist you to access specialist advice and support for e.g. benefits, legal advice.

About our services 

Our advocacy services are free, confidential and independent. Advocates work in partnership with you and under instruction, which means we listen to what you want and act on your behalf.

NHS Advocacy – Our NHS advocacy service can provide you with information on how to make a formal complaint. If you require additional support due to mental ill-health, learning disability or communication difficulties our advocates can support you to make the complaint and attend local resolution meetings with you.

General Advocacy – If you are aged 18 or over, have a disability, mental ill-health or are a vulnerable person with an issue you need support with our advocates can support you in a variety of ways including liaising with professionals, attending meetings and supporting you to look at your options.

Self-Advocacy – If you want to self-advocate and speak up about issues that affect you and want to form your own self advocacy group we can support you with information and guidance on how to achieve this.

Care Act Advocacy – You may be entitled to an independent advocate under The Care Act 2014. People aged 18 and over who are going through local authority care assessments, care planning, reviews and safeguarding and who have a substantial need and no other appropriate person to advocate for them may be entitled to a Care Act Advocate.

For further information, see http://www.yorkadvocacy.org.uk  or contact York Advocacy on 01904 414357 or office@yorkadvocacy.org.uk .

Please see the attached Advocacy Charter for the underlying principles of Advocacy and our Advocacy Information Sheet.

Self-advocate ‘super heroes’ leading the way in good practice

York Mind were awarded a Celebrating Participation in Healthcare grant from NHS England. The grants are awarded to  community groups that have developed innovative and creative ways to get patients and the public involved in shaping healthcare services. Our self-advocates forum for people with learning disabilities in York has been working with a range of organisations to develop good practice and highlight the importance of involving people with learning disabilities in the health services they use. They used the grant to develop a comic book featuring super-hero advocates who save the day and make positive changes to healthcare services and information.

The comic has now been finished and you can view both the comic and find out how we created it from the links below. We hope you enjoy reading the comic as much as we all enjoyed producing it!

Health Action Superheroes Comic

Health Action Superheroes Comic- Creating the Self Advocates Comic

For more information on community grants and participation in healthcare please visit the NHS England site https://www.england.nhs.uk/2015/10/27/community-grants/