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Advocacy

Advocacy is taking action to help people say what they want, secure their rights, represent their interests and obtain the services they need.
DAD’s Advocacy Project is a free and independent service for individuals and carers. We can support people who:

• live in Darlington and have been assessed to use or need to use Adult Social Care Services and have difficulty in putting their views across to the council. This is known as general advocacy.

• are subject to the Mental Health Act 1983, revised 2007. This is known as Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA).

• have been authorised to be deprived of their liberty under the Mental Capacity Act 2005. This is known as Relevant Person`s Representative (RPR).

We are all experienced and trained in good advocacy practice. We work to the principles of the Advocacy Charter and DAD`s standards and policies.

We are funded by Darlington Adult Social Services, however, our work is totally independent. Our job is not to tell someone what to do or what to say. Our job is to make sure that your voice is heard when it may be difficult for you to say what you want.

For more information, phone 01325 360524 or email: advocacy@darlingtondisability.org

News Update

DAD and self advocates attended and participated in the North East and Cumbria Regional Advocacy Conference in Gateshead on the 29th and 30th March 2017, and shared the work we have been doing locally.

The conference looked at how to make sure there is local advocacy support available for everyone and everywhere.

In particular we shared how DAD are developing community based self advocacy locally, and how it can keep people active, well and part of a person’s own community. This work is part of the National Transforming Care Agenda , which was developed after the Winterbourne View and other scandals of poor support for people with learning impairment and / or autism.