What do Together’s Care Community Advocates offer?
Our community advocates can provide support for people who do not meet the criteria for other advocacy services but who do need advocacy support about a health and social care issue.
Who is the service for?
The service is available for Rochdale residents, aged 18 or above, including:
- people with learning disabilities
- people with mental health problems
- older people and older people with mental health problems
- people with Autistic Spectrum disorder or Asperger’s Syndrome
- people with physical and sensory disabilities.
How we can help
We can support people by:
- helping them to understand their rights and to express their views
- assisting in writing and verbally expressing concerns
- assisting in the investigation of complaints and attending meetings concerning their support
- enabling them to develop a range of natural supports including self-advocacy, to assist towards social inclusion.
Accessing the service
In order to access community advocacy support, you must:
- be 18 years old or over
- live in Rochdale
- have an open case with social care services or a community mental health team
- have a specific issue that you require support to resolve.
Adult social care or NHS practitioners must determine if a person has a ‘substantial difficulty’ in any of the following:
- understanding relevant information
- retaining information
- using or weighing up the information
- communicating their views, wishes and feelings.
You can only access the service if you have a substantial difficulty, and there is no-one appropriate to support you.
If you think you need the support of an advocate you can call us to talk about it and find if you can be referred.