Advocacy & healthcare support

If you find it difficult to understand your care and support or find it hard speak up, there are people who can help or act as a spokesperson for you.

Advocates can help you understand the care and support process, talk about how you feel about your care, make decisions, challenge decisions about your care and support if you do not agree with them and stand up for your rights. They can write letters for you and attend meetings with you.

Advocates will support you during assessments, care and support planning, safeguarding and reviews and are independent of social services and the NHS. A paid carer cannot act as an advocate for you.

How your council can help

Your council will provide an advocate if you do not have family or friends to help and you have difficulty:
• understanding and remembering information
• communicating your views
• understanding the pros and cons of different options

Contact social services at your Gloucestershire County Council and ask about advocacy services, or click here

Alternatively, take a look at the following support service options:

Local Listings

National Stalking Helpline

The National Stalking Helpline gives practical information, support, advocacy and advice on risk, safety planning and legislation to victims of stalking, their friends, family, and professionals working with victims.

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Inclusion Gloucestershire

Inclusion Gloucestershire is a user-led self-advocacy organisation for people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, autism or mental ill health.

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RELEASE

RELEASE is an independent charity and a national centre of expertise on drugs and drugs law.

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Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice offers information and support for those struggling to pay bills, help with debt, budgeting, rent arrears and more and have local branches in your area.

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Coram Voice

Coram Voice is a charity representing children’s rights and supporting children and young people in or leaving care.  

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POhWER

POhWER is a charity and membership organisation providing information, advice, support and advocacy to people who experience disability, vulnerability, distress and social exclusion.

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LGBT Foundation

The LGBT Foundation is a national charity offering information, advice, and support services, including a Talking Therapies Programme.

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Time to change

Time to change is a social movement led by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness aimed at ending mental health discrimination.

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MindEd for Families

Free, practical information to help you to understand your child and support them through whatever they are going through.

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Childline

Childline is a national free, private and confidential service for children and young people under the age of 19 where you can talk about anything big or small with trained counsellors.

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On Your Mind Glos

On Your Mind Glos is a website providing information about to bullying, eating disorders and anxiety and where you can go for more support.

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Qwell

Qwell is an online mental wellbeing and support platform provided by Gloucestershire County Council for anyone aged 18 and over in Gloucestershire and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Support available includes articles, forums, peer support and anonymous...

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Kooth

Kooth is an anonymous online mental wellbeing platform available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week provided by Gloucestershire County Council for young people aged 11 to 18 living in Gloucestershire experiencing issues with their emotional wellbeing, such as anxiety, low...

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Gloucestershire Community Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)

A confidential service that provides information advice and support for patients, families and carers. PALS seek to promote the importance of listening to patient enquiries and concerns. To support this, the PALS team work closely with staff who have direct contact with patients, their families and carers, providing help and information regarding enquiries or concerns raised by those receiving care or treatment.

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National Listings

National Stalking Helpline

The National Stalking Helpline gives practical information, support, advocacy and advice on risk, safety planning and legislation to victims of stalking, their friends, family, and professionals working with victims.

read more

Inclusion Gloucestershire

Inclusion Gloucestershire is a user-led self-advocacy organisation for people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, autism or mental ill health.

read more

RELEASE

RELEASE is an independent charity and a national centre of expertise on drugs and drugs law.

read more

Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice offers information and support for those struggling to pay bills, help with debt, budgeting, rent arrears and more and have local branches in your area.

read more

Coram Voice

Coram Voice is a charity representing children’s rights and supporting children and young people in or leaving care.  

read more

POhWER

POhWER is a charity and membership organisation providing information, advice, support and advocacy to people who experience disability, vulnerability, distress and social exclusion.

read more

LGBT Foundation

The LGBT Foundation is a national charity offering information, advice, and support services, including a Talking Therapies Programme.

read more

Time to change

Time to change is a social movement led by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness aimed at ending mental health discrimination.

read more

MindEd for Families

Free, practical information to help you to understand your child and support them through whatever they are going through.

read more

Childline

Childline is a national free, private and confidential service for children and young people under the age of 19 where you can talk about anything big or small with trained counsellors.

read more

On Your Mind Glos

On Your Mind Glos is a website providing information about to bullying, eating disorders and anxiety and where you can go for more support.

read more

Qwell

Qwell is an online mental wellbeing and support platform provided by Gloucestershire County Council for anyone aged 18 and over in Gloucestershire and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Support available includes articles, forums, peer support and anonymous...

read more

Kooth

Kooth is an anonymous online mental wellbeing platform available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week provided by Gloucestershire County Council for young people aged 11 to 18 living in Gloucestershire experiencing issues with their emotional wellbeing, such as anxiety, low...

read more

Gloucestershire Community Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)

A confidential service that provides information advice and support for patients, families and carers. PALS seek to promote the importance of listening to patient enquiries and concerns. To support this, the PALS team work closely with staff who have direct contact with patients, their families and carers, providing help and information regarding enquiries or concerns raised by those receiving care or treatment.

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