Advice & Advocacy Services

Advocacy involves another person assisting you to find information you need, supporting you to express your views and wishes and to stand up for your rights. The person who supports you to do this would be your advocate; what they actually do depends on your situation and the support you want, but their role is always to support your choices. Some advocates are in paid roles, others are volunteers.

ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation, and Arbitration Service): advice and guidance on a range of employment related subjects for both employers and employees.

Advicelocal information relating to: welfare benefits and tax credits; council tax, including exemptions and discounts; debt and money advice; housing and homelessness; employment and work issues; disability and social care; asylum and immigration. Search by postcode and topic for links to information for your area, including details of independent advice organisations.

Citizens Advice (CA)online information and advice on a range of issues including benefits, work, money, housing and the legal system. 

Voiceability - NHS Complaints Advocacy: a free and independent service which supports patients in complaining about their NHS care.