We run 13 services for marginalised and vulnerable adults in Dorset, funded primarily by three Local Authorities, the NHS, Dorset Police and Macmillan Cancer Support. In 2015-16 we helped over 4000 people.
We provide one-to-one and community advocacy support through a work force of approaching 40 skilled advocates and a highly-trained network of over 60 volunteers, including a cohort of peer advocates involved with our service for older people with cancer. We are the 'go-to' organisation in Dorset for advocacy with people with disabilities and older people, giving them a voice and helping them to assert their rights.
Our associated services include running the Personal Assistant Register, carers representation and a range of training.
Our 2015 Quality Performance Mark Assessment Report said:
"Dorset Advocacy are a strong committed team providing a wide range of statutory and non-statutory independent advocacy services across Dorset, Poole and Bournemouth. A clear commitment to the rights of individuals they support has been evident throughout this assessment process and is demonstrated in the policies and procedures used to support advocacy activity as well as in our conversations with managers, advocates and volunteers and with people who have used the service."
We run the following advocacy services:
Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy, Care Act, YOUR VOICE, Dorset Macmillan Advocacy.