The aim of Generic Advocacy Services is to provide professional advocacy for people of working age and above (18+) with past or present drugs issues. The expectation is that you will be known to or engaged with a local Surrey CDAT and registered with a Surrey GP.
Referrals can be made by statutory and voluntary groups, although the advocacy service can only work with individuals that agree- for this reason self referrals are preferable.
Support is given to clients to enable and empower them to have their voice heard, promote self-confidence, and develop skills so they can advocate on their own behalf. The work is issue-specific and generally short term- it is not a replacement for existing services
Advocacy can assist with a wide range of issues such as: treatment/medication issues, support at meetings, probation, benefits, housing, debt, complaints, liaising with other organisations or professionals, etc. Advocacy also provides links to specialist help such as: solicitors, debt advice and support, CAB, etc and may assist clients to access these services where appropriate.