WHAT IS ADVOCACY:
- The promotion of people's rights.
- Supporting people in maintaining control of their own lives.
- Promoting social inclusion and support in removing the obstacles faced by excluded groups and individuals.
- Involvement in supporting individuals, and empowerment of them being able to speak for themselves, or speaking for those unable to speak for themselves.
- Exploring the range of options available to them.
- Service Users can get support around anything relating to their treatment needs and rights.
- For example... Prescriptions, Detox (In Patient or Home) Care plans, Choice of Treatment, Choices of Treatment Centres and Rehab's, Housing, Or just where the Service User may feel they are not being heard.
- All PUSH advocates undertake regular training and attend weekly supervision which takes place at the PUSH office every Tuesday morning from 10am.
- We have two advocates at each of our clinics which consists of the lead and a shadow is who is training into the role of one of our lead advocates.
- PUSH is always looking to recruit new advocates. If you feel this is something you would like to get involved in please contact us or visit our open forum which takes place at the office every Tuesday from 2pm.
VALUES AND BELIEFS FOR THE PROVISION OF ADVOCACY:
- All have the right to be heard,
- For the client to have their views, and for those views to be respected,
- The Inclusion of all through all the planning and development of their treatment,
- The empowering of others to communicate powerfully and effectively their needs,
- That all have the capacity to contribute,
- Some people feel let down by the services,
- There is a need for inclusion in the policies and procedures of those who use services.