Different kinds of Advocacy and what they are

What is advocacy?

 

 Advocacy is used to help people especially those who are most vulnerable in the community to express
their needs and have their rights safeguarded. There are many kinds of advocacies that can happen inthe society today. Here are some of the types which can help in understanding advocacy more.

 Statutory Advocacy

 This happens when you have an advocate presented to you legally. There are manyconditions which can mandate statutory advocacy.  There are three types of statutory advocates thatare available for you. The Independent Mental Health Advocates (IMHAs), help to represent certainpatients under the Mental Health Act of 1983. The rights in this act include; detainment in hospitals,your consent on treatments and many more. The Independent Mental Capacity Advocates (IMCAs),provide support for patients under the Mental capacity Act of 2005 while the Care and SupportAdvocates support people under the Care Act of 2014.

Group Advocacy

This happens when a group of people meet and support each other to make theirvoice heard. The people should have gone through the same experiences in order to have a groupadvocacy. In the UK a good example is the NSUN, the National Survivor User Network for Health. Itconnects people who have had some mental health issues to give them a stronger voice in gettingservices and in policy making.

Specified Advocacy

This is advocacy that is carried out by charities and organizations for certain specificreasons. People who go through such experiences can then join the charities and be helped throughtheir problems. An example of this advocacy Is Shelter which offers advocacy for people having housingproblems. It is important to note that these organizations and charities are funded by well wishersthrough donations and grants. This sometimes can be limiting in the services of advocacy that you aregoing to get.

Peer advocacy

For peer advocacy people of the same locality that have gone through the sameproblem link up to see each other through. This is done by making friends, talking therapies and more.These are made by the people and they are funded by the people also to help take care of each others’problems.  An example of Peer Advocacy is the Local mind and also the Minds Infoline. These areavailable in different localities there could be one near you.

Kinds of advocacies

These kinds of advocacies are therefore important to expose you to what is advocacy and the benefits itcan bring for you. It is also important for people who are in such advocacy groups and organizations tohelp the same in case to ensure the continued support to others. Advocacy therefore can also be easilybe created even by people who are not professional advocates but who have experiences they can useto help others.

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