What does it do?
The purpose of our service is to:
- Enable a person's own views and wished to be determined and heard
- To have their views valued in the same way as others
- To ensure that people who are vulnerable and isolated have access to information and support.
Because an individual's needs, likes, dislikes and wishes have been shaped on a lifetime of experiences, completing a short biography, a Lifestory, may help us to have a clearer understanding of the person.
Who it is for:
The advocacy service that we offer is for people who:
- Are aged 60 or over
- Have confusion, dementia, or cognitive impairment (a formal diagnosis is not necessary)
- Have no 'effective' family or friend to support them (or where family and friends are unable to help)
- Are living in the Oldham borough
The person may be living in the community or a care home, either facing an immediate problem or crisis, or for people with more complex issues.
Where it is available:Local service covering: Oldham (Greater Manchester).
How to access or apply for it:
A referral form (available for download below) will need to be completed. There is an open referral system, so anyone can make a referral. This could be the individual themselves, a neighbour, social worker, nurse, care home staff, or others.
Consent should always be sought from the person, but we realise this may not be possible in some circumstances. In these cases, implied consent may be appropriate.
Download Advocacy Referral Form (Microsoft Word Document) athttp://www.oldham-ageconcern.co.uk/downloads/advocacy/referral.doc
For more information, please contact Julie McBride on 0161 624 9008
or contact us by email email@example.com
Additional information:What is advocacy?
A basic definition of advocacy is speaking up for yourself, or enabling and supporting someone else to speak up for what they want.
You can speak up to make choices, express your needs and wishes about the kind of services you want, and assert your rights.
Where there is an independent person supporting another in speaking up for what they want they are called an advocate.
An advocate enables a person to have their voice heard. There are many different forms of advocacy, for example: legal advocacy, self advocacy, citizen advocacy, crisis advocacy, and group advocacy.
Casework, advocacy & support, Advocacy
Info last updated:25/07/2011.