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Sunnybank Advocacy

"Advocacy is taking action to help people say what they want, secure their rights,protect their interests and obtain the services they need . . ." (Action for Advocacy)

 

Everyone has the right to express their views and a right to make choices about their own lives. Some people find it much harder to say what it is that they want, or to speak up when they feel things aren't right for them. For some people this can be made even more difficult due to problems with communication or  disability.

Advocacy is recognised as a way of supporting people to work out exactly what they want, and to speak up and say it. The support which is provided by an advocate helps make sure that individual's know what their rights are, are informed about the options available to them, and are supported to express their wishes. Advocacy can help make sure that what people say is taken notice of, and that their wishes are acted upon. If someone is still not happy an advocate can continue to support them to make a complaint or challenge a decision.

The Sunnybank advocacy is independent of any statutory authority or outside agency. We follow the principles of The Advocacy Charter.  Our loyalty lies solely with vulnerable people with learning disabilities in Epsom and the surrounding areas.  We give priority to those who require non-instructed advocacy due to communication, multiple and/or profound learning disabilities or if someone is without family or close friends in their lives.

We believe an advocate supports, defends, protects, informs and acts as a voice.

 

If you would like to find out more about joining our team of volunteer citizen advocates or to refer someone for advocacy contact: enquiries@sunnybanktrust.org 

 

 

 

 

 

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