Autism Advocacy Service
What can an Advocate from Autistic Nottingham work with me to do?
- 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.
What does Advocacy mean?
“Advocacy refers to receiving support from another individual (i.e and advocate) to assist you to express your opinions and make your views heard in order to lead to changes in your life.”
What is the role of the Advocate?
- Empowers you in making choices to have more control over your life
- Can be appointed to speak on your behalf during some meetings/appointments
- Assists you to represent your own interests and exercise your rights
- Promotes your full participation in mainstream society
An Advocate does not/cannot:
- 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
If you have a query that you think an advocate can support you with, but are unsure if it’s appropriate, please contact us and we’ll be able to let you know if it’s something we can help with.