Sometimes, through disability, financial circumstances or social attitudes, it is not always possible for people to stand up for their rights and to make their views known. Advocacy organisations exist to help people in these situations.
Organisations tend to cover quite small geographical areas and are usually designed for specific groups of users, such as people with a disability, or problems with particular situations, such as disputes with health providers.
The following orgainsations have information about local advocacy schemes.
Action for Advocacy (A4A)
A support agency for independent advocacy schemes in England and Wales. The website has an Online Advocacy Map with a comprehensive list of local advocacy groups
Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance (SIAA)
Supports independent advocacy across Scotland. The website contains a directory of local services
Lists free independent advocacy services in Northern Ireland
See also the Employee's Rights section in the At work with MS pages