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Advocacy & Your Rights

At Dumfries and Galloway Advocacy Service, we will help you to find the right support if we cannot provide it ourselves. Watch the SIAA’s short film – A Voice to Trust – to find out more about the different types of advocacy.

Advocacy is about:

  • Protecting your rights when you are vulnerable
  • Listening to you
  • Ensuring that you are listened to
  • Providing you with information so that you can make informed choices and decisions
  • Helping you to express yourself and take part in decisions which affect you
  • Respecting your right to make your own choices
  • Being there for you without conflict of interest

Advocacy is not about:

  • Providing you with legal representation or supporting you in court
  • Suing for financial damages or compensation
  • Welfare Rights support
  • Befriending
  • Counselling or Treatment

Advocacy must:

  • Be Accessible to all who require it within our remit
  • Be Accountable to those who use it and fund it
  • Put those who use it first
  • Be as free as possible from conflicts of interest

Advocacy is not, primarily about complaining or seeking confrontation. It is about:

  • Communication
  • Resolution
  • Helping you to be heard