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An advocate is someone who helps people to make decisions. They are trained to support people to understand situations, based on what's important to the person they are an advocate for.

There are links to Advocacy websites and local services on this page.

What is Advocacy - Video

This video "what is advocacy?" explains the meaning of advocacy and how it might be helpful for young people and families.


There is also an advocacy video using British Sign Language (BSL)

Local Advocacy Groups

The following link takes you to Dorset Advocacy Services which also has a BSL (British Sign Language) video.

Mental capacity and Mental Health Advocates

The following link will explain more about independent mental capacity advocacy.


This link will take you to the Dorset Mental Health Advocacy Service