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Our new regional advocacy service: what you need to know

April 04, 2019

Our free regional advocacy service has launched today and supports adults (age 18 and over) living with M.E. in the Midlands and South West.

Advocacy is a process that helps individuals to stand up for their own rights and have their voice heard. Through advocacy, people are empowered to have their views, wishes and needs included in decisions that affect them.

Our advocates can support you to be heard, and challenge the opinions of others in situations that affect you. They can support you to represent your views, wishes and interests, or do so on your behalf. We offer contact via telephone, email, video conferencing and some face-to-face advocacy for those severely affected (limited service).

Sally, one of the service’s first clients, has told us that: “Accessing the Action for M.E. advocacy service has given me more confidence to ask for the right support from my GP and to explain my condition to my family and friends, I felt supported and no longer on my own.”

This service will be delivered through a combination of paid staff and volunteer advocates.

“We are really excited to be launching our much anticipated service,” says Tori our Advocacy Coordinator. “We are pleased to be able to offer advocacy support on a range of issues. Throughout March we supported nine people to advocate on issues including health and social care, employment and disability discrimination. We have already achieved positive outcomes for many of those people and our clients have shared that it has made a difference to them.”

If you are an adult with a diagnosis of M.E. living in the Midlands or South West and you are in need of advocacy support you can self-refer by email or by phone on 0117 937 6644. If no-one from the service is available to take your call, please leave a message.

If you’d like to know more, please visit our advocacy webpage or download our flyer.