Did you know that there is an advocacy service in Leeds for disabled people with physical and sensory impairments?

Their manager explains how it works and how to get in touch:

My name is Carol Short and I manage and work on the Leeds PSI Advocacy Service.  This service is provided by Cloverleaf Advocacy and we are part of the Leeds Advonet team.  We work with people with physical disabilities, hearing/verbal or sight impairment and also with stroke survivors or people with acquired brain injuries.

Many of our clients have conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease or Huntington’s disease.

We support people who have problems negotiating the health and social care system or who feel that they are not receiving the care they need or feel their voice is not being heard.  An advocate can help you access the information you need to allow you to make informed decisions and choices.

The advocate will not tell you what to do but will support you to make your own decisions and will act as a loudspeaker for you, to ensure that your voice is heard.

An advocate can help you to prepare for meetings with professionals involved by supporting you to work out what you want to say.  The advocate can go with you to meetings and appointments and can speak on your behalf if you want them to, or prompt you if needed.

Common issues we work with may be around care and carer assessments, reviews and meetings with social services, raising concerns or complaints about care packages or respite and issues regarding adaptations to property or changes to where you live.

There are often many professionals involved once you enter the health and social care system and often they all think they know best.  As advocates, we believe that you are the expert on yourself and we will support you to ensure that your views and wishes are taken into account.

To access our services, please contact the Advonet Single Point of Access (SPA) on 0113 244 0606, email [email protected] or go to www.advonet.org.uk/advocacy-in-leeds

To find out more, download the leaflet (pdf 123KB).