What is self-advocacy?
Self-advocacy groups bring together people who want to improve their lives or communities, and come together to speak with one voice. Sometimes groups are formed by the local authority and other times they are set up to address an issue or need.
How can an advocate help?
Advocates can support self-advocacy groups by providing information in different formats, such as easyread. They can offer support to the groups through mentoring and training to help the group members to build confidence and speak out for themselves - to have their voices heard about how local services are designed and delivered.
Self-advocates are supported to sit on local boards and attend meetings, workshops and forums, such as Learning Disability Partnership Boards.