are an organisation that offers safeguarding and support for all areas of life for children, young people and vulnerable adults. They are independent and will not make decisions for you or offer legal advice. Your advocate can help explain what choices and legal rights are available to you, help you have a say (this may be through attending meetings alongside you or helping draft written communication). They will help you set up a plan to achieve the goals you are seeking.
At akt we understand the stress and difficulties faced by LGBTQ+ young people trying to gain access to resources and services.
Advocacy services are an excellent way to gain the knowledge and support needed to make informed decisions about personal care and support, and to ensure that your voice is heard by professionals.
There are many different forms of advocacy services for specific purposes including medical, work and legal representation, amongst others. The charity Mind have a resource breaking down the different forms of advocacy so you can seek out what is best for you.