About Advocacy

Advocacy is when one person helps another person to have their views, opinions and concerns heard by others.

Advocacy is for people who can find it difficult to get their opinions about themselves and their service listened to.

This may be because they have not been listened to in the past or they do not feel confident to speak up and ask questions.

Advocacy supports people to think about options so that people can make their own choices about what they want.

Advocacy can make a difference to a person’s life by supporting the person to be involved in decisions about their life.

Working with an advocate can also help the person to become more confident.

Advocacy can help other services to understand what people want and need

Everyone has a right to be treated as an individual and valued for who they are and not what they need, what they have or which group they belong to.

Because everyone should be able to influence their own lives, advocacy helps people to find information about options.

Everyone should be able to experience independence so advocacy supports people to speak up about the way they live and what they want in the future.

We support people to make small and big decisions in their own lives and to speak to services who make those decisions because of a person’s health or disability.

Everyone should be treated with dignity and respect and have equal opportunities in life. Advocacy supports these rights for everyone.


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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Asist Advocacy Services is a registered charity number: 1048075
Asist is a company registered in England - company number: 3068125
Registered office: Asist, Winton House, Stoke Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 2RW

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