Advocates are people who are authorised or appointed as legal advisors or representatives for marginalised members of our society. They can also be social assistance facilitators for isolated or unwell citizens.
Advocacy in all its forms seeks to ensure that vulnerable people can:
- Have their voice heard on issues that are important to them.
- Defend and safeguard their rights.
- Have their views and wishes genuinely considered when decisions are being made about their lives.
Advocacy is a process of supporting and enabling people to:
- Express their views and concerns.
- Access information and services.
- Defend and promote their rights and responsibilities.
- Explore choices and options.
Advocacy is a service that Skills & Training Network (STN) considers essential in helping displaced women rebuild their lives in the UK. We have provided advice, support and advocacy for women suffering trauma related to their past circumstances including; domestic abuse, female genital mutilation and familial honour violence. STN have trained bilingual advocates who are able to provide ad hoc emotional and practical support. Women will be assisted in accessing safe-housing, police protection and legal advice on non-molestation orders and civil injunctions.
We also provide referrals to specialist services for:
- Benefit claims
- Domestic violence
STN advocates will help their clients to negotiate the administrative processes they often find hard to access and understand, eg. filing housing and benefit requests; understanding medical and legal documents.
We try to reduce immigrant people’s isolation by encouraging participation in training and further education which helps them to integrate and become economically active in their new environment. If required, the advocate may refer clients to higher institutions.
Recent advocacy actions have enabled families and carers to arrange activity places for service users; attend meetings to enable service users to have a voice; help carers complete carer assessment forms, etc.
English, Arabic, Kurdish-Sorani, Farsi, Dari, and Turkish.
Information and Advice can be given at home visits, drop-in services, day centres with guest speakers, over the telephone, by email, via leaflet/ newsletter, mail outs and signposting.