Getting an advocate to speak on my behalf
What is an advocate?
Advocacy helps you to access information and services, and to explore choices and options. .An advocate is independent of social services and the NHS and they are not part of your family or one of your friends. They act only according to your wishes. They don't try to influence you to make a different choice.
What does an advocate do?
An advocate's role includes putting your case forward when you need it and making sure the correct procedures are followed by your health and social care services.
An advocate might help you access the information you need or go with you to meetings or interviews in a supportive role. You may want your advocate to write letters on your behalf or speak for you in situations where you don't feel you're able to speak for yourself.
How can I get an advocate?
There are a number of local organisations you can contact to request an independent advocate - please see below.
We don't provide advocacy services but we must consult with an Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA) when making decisions for a person who lacks mental capacity. Rochdale MIND provides this service on behalf of the council.
Self advocacy means communicating your views and wishes yourself or in a group. You can have support to do this.
Local organisation providing advocates and self advocacy help
Address: 9-11 Drake Street
Rochdale OL16 1RE
Tel: 01706 752344
Links Project (self advocacy for people with learning disabilities)
Address: Cherwell Centre
Heywood OL10 4SY
Tel: 01706 622553
Rochdale Citizen Advocacy (advocacy for people with learning disabilities)
Address: Spotland Community Centre
92 - 96 Spotland Road
Rochdale OL12 6PJ
Phone: 01706 659921