Devon People First Speaking Up – What is Advocacy?
Advocacy is when you speak up for yourself about things that are important to you.
Someone can help you speak up for yourself or speak up for you.
Advocacy helps you to take control of your own life, to get more independence and to get what you want. It might help you to find a nicer place to live or stop someone bullying you.
If you speak up for yourself you are often called a self advocate.
Someone who helps you to speak up is called an advocate. Sometimes a friend or a member of your family can be your advocate.
People sometimes speak up together in groups. These groups are often called Speaking Up or Self Advocacy Groups.
Speaking Up – Parliament
The parliament project is for anyone over 18 with a learning disability who lives in Devon.
The elected MPs with learning disabilities are supported to attend meetings and work on projects to stand up for the views of people with a learning disabilities.
The Parliament works with Healthwatch Devon which is the voice of your Health and Social Care services in Devon.
Have your say about the Health and Social Care services that you use.
Devon People First can help with all these different kinds of advocacy.
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