General Advocacy

We provide general advocacy for a rage of different people, including: 

  • older people
  • people with learning disabilities
  • people with mental health needs
  • people with physical and sensory impairment
  • people on the autistic spectrum
  • people with an acquired brain injury
  • people with long-term conditions
  • carers.

Contact us to see how we can support you or click here to make a referral online.

For example:

Advocacy for older people

Advocacy for older people:

We employ specialist advocates with skills and experience of engaging with older people, including those who may have dementia

For people with dementia it is always better if we become involved at an early stage so that we can then make your wishes known after you have lost the capacity to do this. When an advocate becomes involved at a later stage, they may adopt a 'watching brief', ensuring that the person's rights are upheld. One of the most distressing aspects of dementia for the sufferer is a perceived loss of 'personhood'. Advocacy affirms a persons worth and dignity, and may therefore be longer-term than advocacy with other groups of people.

We can support people with dementia to get their views heard on a number of issues:

  • Access to services
  • Decisions about a move into / change in residential care
  • When being discharged from hospital or if you are detained in hospital
  • Getting the level of care you need
  • Accessing home care, aids and adaptations
  • Concerns or complaints
  • Adult Protection processes

We also provide some specialised advocacy services for older people in:

Advocacy for people with mental health needs

Advocacy for people with mental health needs:

We provide advocacy for people with mental health needs, both in hospital and in the community.  Advocates can offer support in a number of ways. We may be able to help with:
 
  • Support at meetings or reviews
  • Accessing information on medication and diagnosis
  • Raising concerns and making complaints on behalf of individuals
  • Help to contact a solicitor or other legal help
  • Support and representation in ward rounds (MDTs) or Care Planning Approach meetings
  • Support for appeals and tribunals under the Mental Health Act
  • Understanding individual rights if you are detained under the Mental Health Act
  • Signposting to and accessing other services in the community
  • Finding appropriate advice, for example about housing or benefits
As well as offering a specialist one-to-one confidential service, we also offer regular 'open access' sessions in hospitals in order to maximise opportunities for people to access our service, as informally as possible.  Sometimes you may not need an advocate to represent you, but may want the chance to talk things through and gather information, so that you can get your views across more effectively. Cloverleaf has access to a wide range of information about mental health services and your rights. Advocates can offer you the opportunity to talk things through, and work out how to deal with them for yourself. The advocate is independent and there to support you. They will not discuss anything you have said without your permission, unless there are risks to you or others. Advocacy for people with mental health needs includes IMHA, and advocacy in secure settings.
Advocacy for people with physical or sensory impairment

Advocacy for people with physical or sensory impairment:

 

An advocate can support people with a physical or sensory impairment to have their views heard about the support and care they receive.  Advocates offer support with issues such as:

  • Community care assessments and reviews
  • Help to understand how community care works
  • Making a complaint to health and social care services
  • Decisions about moving into or out of residential care
  • Meetings with professionals
  • Accessing information about your disability or condition

Cloverleaf also provides specialised services to people with physical and sensory impairments in: