We want your views to help improve our advocacy services

Gloucestershire County Council Press Release – 2 October 2021

Gloucestershire County Council wants your help to shape its advocacy programme to best suit the needs of its users in the future.

Some people can find it difficult to tell others what they think or feel, this can be due to a disability, protected characteristic or incapacity, whether temporary or permanent.

The council pays for advocacy services, which gives these individuals a person, called an advocate, to represent their interests on their behalf.

Gloucestershire County Council is currently reviewing its advocacy services and are keen to understand the experiences of those that use the service. The council will use suggestions on what works best, and views on how the service could be improved, to develop advocacy services going forwards.

In order to do this, Gloucestershire County Council wants to hear about the experiences of people who use independent advocacy services, including carers, and professionals that work alongside the service.

The council invites these people to complete a short questionnaire which will help to shape the future of advocacy in Gloucestershire.

Cllr Carole Allaway-Martin, Cabinet member for adult social care commissioning at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “Everyone in our county can be assisted to express how they are thinking and feeling and to make decisions.

“Advocacy has an essential role to play in enabling all individuals in our community to have their voices heard.

“Tell us about your experiences of advocacy and help us to create an even better service by completing the survey.”

A copy of the survey can be found at https://haveyoursaygloucestershire.uk.engagementhq.com/statutory-adults-advocacy-services. The survey will close on Monday, 25 October, 2021, at 5pm.

Any individuals that need any further support with the survey, or want to engage in a way that better meets their needs, should contact the advocacy team at advocacy@gloucestershire.gov.uk.