‘Advocacy seeks to represent the interest of the powerless client to powerful individuals and social structures.’ ~ (Payne, 1995)
Advocacy is essentially helping another person to obtain something from someone in power.
We can support you to have your voice heard at appointments, inform you of your rights, and help if you want to make a complaint and many other tasks that negatively impact on recovery. They can assist you in situations including ACC, Accommodation referrals, Child Youth and Family, Counselling referrals, Employment issues, Landlords, Lawyer referrals, Medical professionals, Social Services, Tribunals, Work & Income and anyone similar whom you may need support with.
Advocates will only ever act on your issues, with your permission.
All our advocates have had personal experience of mental health services, and can assist you in a great many situations where you may be struggling to speak for yourself. The help you want may be just someone to talk to and plan with or you may need one of our advocates to accompany you to a meeting and even to speak on your behalf.