What is Advocacy?


Advocates ensure people’s voices are heard.

They take time to listen and understand a person’s views so that they can appropriately represent each person they support.

Advocates support people to have their say, secure their rights, obtain the services they need and represent their interests.

Watch the video below by one of our partners for more information:

There are various types of advocacy including:

Formal (Instructed)

Formal (Non-instructed)

Care Act

NHS Complaints


Group Advocacy

Citizen Advocacy

Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA)

Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA)

We can advocate in situations/settings such as:  

Social Care, Safeguarding, NHS services, Complaints, Legal (Court, Police), Tribunals, Employment, Parenting, & Housing,

We provide advocacy in a person’s preferred language; British Sign Language (BSL) or other visual communication such as Signed Supported English (SSE), Makaton, or Deafblind manual/hands on.  Our Advocates are either Deaf themselves or fluent in British Sign Language.

We are working with partners to provide across the South East and South West of England and can also support in other areas- just ask!

Contact us on:
Voice Phone: 0845 688 2525
Text Phone: 0845 688 2527
SMS: 07749 965 727
Email: advocacy@royaldeaf.org.uk

Complete a referral form here

Advocacy QPM

Kent, Essex, Suffolk, Oxfordshire, Plymouth, Bristol, Bath, BANES, Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire, Wilshire, Somerset, Cornwall, Isles of Scilly, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, Torbay and the London Borough of Hounslow. 

Click on the logos below to be directed to our partner websites:

         Cornwall advocacy      Isle of Scilly Advocacy



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