Key points about Advocacy

Advocates do not have a magic wand.

We cannot have all the answers or make sure people get exactly what they want.

We can make sure people’s voices are heard and that people have information about decisions that are made about them.

When people we support are unhappy with decisions made about them it can be frustrating for advocates too!

It is important that advocates have regular support to better handle these frustrations.

We all have our own personal values and beliefs in life. Advocates are no different.

It is important that advocates always keep these separate from the advocacy work

Advocacy Checklist

  •  advocacy is person centred

  •  advocacy can take time

  •  advocates don’t give advice

  •  advocacy is about actions

  •  information is power

  •  preparation is essential

  •  communication is key

  •  advocates need support too!


Asist provides specialist independent advocacy support focused on one-to-one, issue based advocacy services for people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and/or mental health issues.


Advocacy is about enabling people who have difficulty speaking out to speak up and make their own, informed, independent choices about decisions that affect their lives.


Asist provides the Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy service (IMCA) and the Independent Mental Health Act Advocacy service (IMHA) in Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent. Asist also offers advocacy to people in Stoke on Trent through a number of specialist projects including Care Act, BME, NHS Complaints and Parents Advocacy.

Asist is nationally recognised for developing, writing and promoting the Watching Brief guidance which outlines the core principles that underpin all Non-Instructed Advocacy support services across the UK.

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Registered office: Asist, Winton House, Stoke Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 2RW

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