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Community Advocacy

seAp Community Advocacy is a specialist service which supports adults who are most vulnerable, or who find themselves at a particularly challenging point in their lives.  

Our professional advocates enable people without the right support around them to have their voice heard when:

  • decisions are being taken about their health and social care
  • support is needed to make informed choices about their life

Our advocates are skilled in providing support around issues relating to:

  • a person in a vulnerable situation
  • a person subject to a safeguarding alert
  • mental health illness or distress
  • learning disabilities
  • conditions on the autistic spectrum
  • caring responsibilities  (in Essex and Plymouth)
  • an older person aged 65+  (aged 50+ in Kent)
  • physical disabilities
  • sensory impairments
  • dementia, fluctuating mental capacity or acquired brain injury

Anyone can make a referral. If you need any help or advice before doing so, we can be contacted via phone, e-mail or text, and we will be happy to assist.

seAp Community Advocacy services are free and completely independent from local authority social services and the NHS.

What is Advocacy?

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

(The Advocacy Charter)

To find out if we provide Community Advocacy in your area, select your Local Authority area from the drop down list above.

To contact your local seAp office click here.

To download the seAp Community Advocacy referral form please click below.
 


This service is provided by seAp in the following local authority areas:

  • Essex
  • Kent
  • Plymouth
  • West Berkshire