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How do I get an advocate?

Sara35Sara35 Member Posts: 6 Listener
edited December 2019 in Disabled people
How do i get an advocate to help me stand up for my rights. I'm physically disabled and I also have anxiety and depression. Having these conditions makes it sound hard to put my point across and maybe it all comes out wrong. I would appreciate it if anyone has any advice thank u

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  • Tammyjane33Tammyjane33 Member, Community champion Posts: 648 Pioneering
    @Sara35 hi have you tried writing to your local mp. I contacted mine when I was refused certain benefits. They can't change the outcome but can help you with a response and give you support and there is also citizens advice. If you need anymore support just send me a message. 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 22,214 Disability Gamechanger
    HI and welcome,

    May i ask what rights you are fighting for? Is it a benefit claim? If so then which benefit? Or is it something different?
    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • Sara35Sara35 Member Posts: 6 Listener
    It is to do with famliy court. My ex and social services are very judgemental of my mental health. Possibly when the next court date I have having an advocate to help would be great thank u
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 22,214 Disability Gamechanger
    You would most likely need a solicitor for this, whether you would get legal aid for this will depend on your case. If legal aid isn't available then it will cost you to have a solicitor. This link may help you. https://www.gov.uk/legal-aid/eligibility

    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,672 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Sara35 and a very warm welcome to the community, how are you getting on?
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  • Sara35Sara35 Member Posts: 6 Listener
    Good thank u. I don't seem to have any answers about getting an advocate to support me about my mental and psychical heath possible to come to court with me if I have to go back to court thank u
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 22,214 Disability Gamechanger
    Sara35 said:
    Good thank u. I don't seem to have any answers about getting an advocate to support me about my mental and psychical heath possible to come to court with me if I have to go back to court thank u
    If it's not a benefit issue then representation may not be free, i'm afraid. As stated in a previous comment, it will depend on the what it's for. Please see the link i posted about legal aid.
    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • Sara35Sara35 Member Posts: 6 Listener
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,672 Disability Gamechanger
    I hope @poppy123456 has been able to help @Sara35.

    Here is the link again: https://www.gov.uk/legal-aid/eligibility
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  • Sara35Sara35 Member Posts: 6 Listener
  • thespicemanthespiceman Member Posts: 6,408 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @Sara35   Pleased to meet you. Thank you for your post.  
    Please may I suggest the following organisation.
    Called RETHINK
    https://www.rethink.org.
    Please if I can explain this is what they do. Represent you speak on your behalf at any meetings with medical professional or NHS services. 
    Those members of our community with mental health issues.
    Please have a look a the website.
    I would ask if this they do, not sure.
    You can ask help you with court representation..
    Or signpost you to relevant organisations.
    One other organisations two more have used, this first one large mental health charity have a lot to offer.
    https://www.richmondfellowship.org.uk.
    https://www.mind.org.uk.
    Might not be in your areas  again sorry about this.
    Please if you need to ask anything further be happy to help. 
    I am one of the team of community champions. Please can I wish you the best and please keep in touch if I can be supportive.
    I used RETHINK a lot one final point good staff and team.
    Pleasure to meet you.
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  • Sara35Sara35 Member Posts: 6 Listener
    Thank you so very much for all your information 
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