The definition of advocacy can vary from person to situation, but the Advocacy QPM accreditation defines it as:
“taking action to help people say what they want, secure their rights, represent their interests and obtain services they need. Advocates and advocacy providers work in partnership with the people they support and take their side. Advocacy promotes social inclusion, equality and social justice.”
The QPM (quality performance mark) is an accreditation awarded to advocacy organisations that meet a set professional standard. This shows that our Advocates are qualified, trained and insured to do their job. As well as this we ensure all Advocates are qualified in Autism Studies
What can Advocates support with?
- Support with completing benefit forms (PIP, ESA .etc)
- Benefit tribunals
- Making a formal complaint
- Meetings regarding reasonable adjustment’s
- Support with issues relating to Social Care, Education, Health Care & other areas.
- Make decisions on your behalf
- Offer you any form of mental health support/ counselling
- Offer your support or judgements on what is best for you
- Represent your interests without your consent
- Be a support worker (activities such as supporting you in the home with domestic, everyday tasks)
- Give any advice (they can offer you options but cannot advice on what is best, that is your decision to make)