Advocacy

Action Support currently receive no public funding to provide advocacy services. However Independent Advocacy is offered to all its staff, trainees and volunteers and their family members Sue Armstrong is the Managing Director of Action Support and also a very experienced Independent Adult and Mental Health Advocate. Sue was partly responsible for writing the content of the Advocacy Level 4 QCF Qualification with the Dept of Health and a small team of equally experienced Advocates.

Sue then trained and assessed advocates across England and also delivers a Community Advocacy Training Course either at Action Support’s premises. or a venue to suit the client.
The course is modular and spread over 6 weeks.
This course is keenly priced and can be paid for in advance of the first session or can be paid weekly or terms to be agreed.
The course will cover the Principles of providing Independent Advocacy and the Purpose of Advocacy and will help participants to be better able to self-advocate plus advocate for family, friends and your communities.
Advocacy means ” To Voice”
Advocates are the voice of their client and also inform clients of their rights and signpost to other services that may help.
Advocacy is not easy as many people see it as an interference rather than a support for a vulnerable client.
To express interest in this course please use the contact form. The maximum group size will be 10 people and costs £120 per person if the training room is free

A one day course titles- An Introduction to Self and Peer Advocacy, looking at what Advocacy is and shares strategies to support ourselves and our peers when faced with any difficult situation, such as rent arrears, local government services, returning goods, NHS services etc. This course is offered to a maximum of 10 people for a total  fee of £200 , if delivered at Action Support or other free premises.