Self Advocacy

Self advocacy is about taking control of decisions about yourself and telling others what you want.

This is part of our advocacy work; to support you to self advocate. We also run self-advocacy groups where you can meet people like you and work to resolve the issues that you all face.

older lady in a wheelchair showing her advocate what she wantsSelf advocacy is about taking control of decisions about yourself and telling others what you want.

Lots of people self advocate every day and take it for granted that they can. 

The reason why advocacy is so important is that there are thousands of people who aren’t able to speak up for themselves. Having an advocate means that there is someone on your side, who will listen to what you want and make sure that your voice is heard.

Learning to self advocate is part of the process. Our aims aren’t just to speak up on your behalf; we want you to feel confident enough to tell others what you want.

Self Advocacy Groups

We run specific Self Advocacy groups in different areas. These are sometimes called 'User Involvement Forums'. You can come to these groups and meet people who want their voice to be heard. You may not want to speak up at first and might feel nervous or uncertain. That’s okay. We can work with you on an individual basis until you feel ready to join in with the rest of the group.

Picture of people talking in a self advocacy groupThe groups talk about a lot of different things, things that affect only some people and things that affect everyone there. With the support of VoiceAbility Project Workers the groups write letters, make phone calls and create campaigns about what is important to them.

We have many self advocacy groups; visit your local page to see whether we run one that would be right for you.

If you would like to speak to someone about starting up a self advocacy group in your area, please call our main office on 01223 555800 or email us at comments@voiceability.org.