Asking for Help
Your guide to Advocacy
An advocate is someone who helps you to speak up for yourself.
They can also speak up for you if you find it hard to do this yourself.
An advocate supports you in making your voice and views heard.
With the arrival of the Covid 19 pandemic and the introduction of lockdown and social distancing, the way we work had to change dramatically. Although, for their own safety staff are working from home, they are finding ways to stay in touch with our most vulnerable members and other organisations who continue to support learning disabled adults. For the protection of members, we have had to suspend all our social activities and postpone plans for some new projects, but have instead distributed activity sheets, advice and information. Our latest project (YOLO Connect) keeps members in touch by improving their Broadband connections and giving them computers to access the internet. We don’t think things will return to ‘normal’ any time soon and so we are finding new ways to support people and keep them involved in improving the circumstances of learning disabled people.
Our Website will continue to provide the latest news and advice, and be a place for you to tell us about your experiences of living under lockdown.
Making a referral
Someone you know can also refer you such as your social worker, Support worker, carer, friend or family member.
Your Advocate CANNOT
- Choose for you
- Take other people’s side
- Work with you all the time.
- Through West Glamorgan People First, YVA independently facilitates ‘Peer Advocacy’ for people with learning disabilities in Neath Port Talbot and Swansea.
- Peer Advocacy is a unique and effective form of group support.
- Individuals (or ‘Peer Advocates’) use their own skills, knowledge and experiences to help others who may be going through similar issues in their lives.
- Peer Advocacy empowers both the person delivering support and the person receiving it.
- Our Peer Advocacy Officer Sandi Mitchell runs training and support sessions involving people from across Swansea and Neath Port Talbot who feed into a central consultation group called ‘Nothing About Us Without Us’
- ‘NAUWU’ has developed into a powerful tool for direct engagement for people with learning disabilities and the local authority’s co-production initiative.
- For more information on Peer Advocacy please contact us on 07534 056109, email email@example.com
Online Activities You Can Join
- Advocacy Group: Thursdays
- Film Show – Frequent
- Chit Chat with Ann and Neil – Mondays
- Arts and Crafts – Tuesdays
- Bingo – Tuesdays
- Brunch Buddies with Cath – Wednesdays
- Wednesday Wellness
- Karaoke – Wednesday
- Quiz with People First Bridgend – special event
- Seasonal Check in and Greetings (online services continue through times like Christmas when people can be at their most vulnerable).
If you need someone to talk to – maybe thing are getting on top of you or you feel lonely and isolated – our Volunteers are on the other end of the phone to chat. They will just talk, or give practical advice on where to get more help if you need it.
It’s more important than ever to feel part of a community and to join in with our weekly online activities and special events. If you have no internet access, phone, PC or tablet YOLO Connect will look at ways to get you connected, including free equipment, help with broadband subscriptions and advice on staying safe online.
(Part-funded by the Community Foundation Wales)