Advocacy in Surrey is a partnership of independent organisations – SDPP and Matrix who will be providing a range of statutory and preventative Advocacy support including Care Act Advocacy and Independent Mental Health Advocacy.
What is Advocacy?
Advocacy is taking action to help people say what they want, secure their rights, represent their interests and obtain services they need. Advocates and advocacy schemes work in partnership with the people they support and take their side. Advocacy promotes social inclusion, equality and social justice.
Advocacy in Surrey is for people who face difficulties in being involved, having their voice heard and have no other independent person to help them do so
Care Act Advocacy
Advocacy to support individuals, carers, young carers, through any stage of a Care Assessment, Support Plan and/or Review including Safeguarding. Also includes Prison Advocacy. You can find out more about the Care Act and what this could mean to you on the Surrey County Council website: www.surreycc.gov.uk/careact
IMHA (Independent Mental Health Advocacy)
Advocacy to support people facing decisions such as their treatments, medication or being detained under the Mental Health Act. One to one support from an Advocate with specialist knowledge of the Mental Health Act, either in a hospital or community setting.
Short term issue based and outcome focused. In addition to Statutory Advocacy, there will be access to discretionary advocacy support for people at risk or face stigma who access support for mental health issues, access substance misuse treatment, have a long term condition or diagnosis, live with HIV or have care and support needs that would deteriorate without support
Advocacy in Surrey is jointly funded by Surrey County Council and the Surrey Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG’s)