What is Advocacy?
Advocacy means to speak up for someone.
Advocacy is about making sure that people's voices are heard and listened to.
It's about helping people to make their own choices in life.
It provides people with the chance to be as independent as they want to be.
You can receive support from an advocate with:
There are different types of advocacy:
Generic or general advocacy supports people who feel that they can't express their views or feel that they are not being listened to.
Dewis Centre for Independent Living: provides several types of general advocacy.
Dewis CIL, Suite 3B Cedar Court, Havens Head Business Park, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, SA73 3LS.
Tel: 01646 629 123 Head Office: 01443 827 930
Fax: 01443 841 922 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pembrokeshire People First: provides an advocacy service that represents the individual interests of people with learning disabilities living in Pembrokeshire.
Pembrokeshire People First, Portcullis House, Old Hakin Road, Merlins Bridge, Haverfordwest, SA61 1XE.
Tel: 01437 769135 email: email@example.com
For more advocacy providers contact PAVS (Pembrokeshire Association of Voluntary Services) on 01437 769422.
If you or the person you care for has a disability or illness that makes it difficult to make decisions about medical treatment, care needs, finances and other aspects of everyday life, an Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA) can help you.
IMCAs work with people who lack capacity to make certain important decisions and has no one else who can be consulted to try and establish their wishes. The IMCA service for West Wales is co-ordinated across the counties of Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire by Mental Health Matters.
An IMCA MUST be instructed, and then consulted, for people lacking capacity who have no-one else to support them (other than paid staff), whenever:
An IMCA MAY be instructed to support someone who lacks capacity to make decisions concerning
Referrals can be made by an authorised person and should be made in writing by completing a referral form and sending it by fax, email or post.
Where a verbal referral is made the referral form should be completed within 24 hours.
To find out more about the IMCA service contact:
An Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA) is specially trained to work within the framework of the Mental Health Act 1983 to support people to understand their rights under the Act and participate in decisions about their care and treatment. There is a legal duty to provide IMHAs for all eligible people.
You can receive the support of an IMHA if you are:
To find out more about IMHA services contact:
Advocacy West Wales
Tel: 01437 762935 or 01267 223197
Mental Health Advocacy in Carmarthenshire
59 King Street