Would you like help getting your point across? People are entitled to be in control of their own lives but sometimes, whether through frailty, disability, financial circumstances or social attitudes, they may find themselves in a position where their ability to exercise choice or represent their own interests is limited. In these circumstances advocacy can help ensure that an individual’s views and needs are heard, respected and acted upon.
There are a number of advocacy services to support individuals to say what they want and to get the social care support that they need. Some of these include:
Advocacy Together is a service which is available to all individuals who have a physical or learning disability, mental health need or difficulties due to age or frailty. They are also able to support family carers.
You can find more information on the Together for Mental Well-Being website [external link]
Darlington Association on Disability
DAD’s Advocacy Project is a free and independent service for individuals and carers. They can support people who:
- live in Darlington and have been assessed to use or need to use Adult Social Care Services and have difficulty in putting their views across to the council. This is known as general advocacy.
- are subject to the Mental Health Act 1983, revised 2007. This is known as Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA).
- have been authorised to be deprived of their liberty under the Mental Capacity Act 2005. This is known as Relevant Person's Representative.
You can find more information on the Darlington Association on Disability website [external link]
North Regional Association for Sensory Support (NRASS)
An advocacy service for people who are Deaf, Deafened, Hearing Impaired, Deafblind, Blind or Visually Impaired.
For more information you can contact NRASS:
Telephone: 0191 4922035 (voice and answerphone)
Fax: 0191 4922143
Skills for People: Independent Mental Capacity Advocates (IMCA)
IMCA is advocacy for people who are unable to make decisions for themselves about medical treatment, or moving to a care home, and who have no family or friends to speak up for them. An IMCA can also support individuals in safeguarding cases or where there is a review of a Care Plan.
For more information you can contact Skills for People: 0191 2818737
50+ Advocacy Service: Citizens Advice Darlington
50+ Advocacy Service is a confidential, impartial and independent service helping people to have their voice heard on issues that are important to them.
We can help support people aged 50 or over :
- Obtain their rights to services as carers
- Access the equipment and services they need
- Obtain adaptations to accommodation
- Challenge social care decisions they disagree with
- By providing support in Community Care and Continuing Health Care Assessments
- Help support people who are recently bereaved obtain rights and manage financial difficulties
For More information on the service Citizens Advice Darlington website [External Link]