Get support to help you have a greater say in what’s happening in your life. It might mean making sure you have the right information to hand, knowing clearly what you want, creating an advocacy plan and being confident enough to speak up for yourself.

  • Guide to self advocacy

    Our guide gives you tips on how to ask for what you want and need.

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What is self-advocacy?

Self-advocacy is being able to speak up for yourself and ask for the things that are important to you. It’s saying what you think and asking for what you want or need. You know you best, and people need to listen to you – especially if you’re not happy and want something to change.

Speaking up for yourself means you will be able to:

  • take responsibility for yourself
  • make sure people are listening to you
  • say what you think and feel
  • speak up for your rights and the things you believe in
  • make choices and decisions that affect your life
  • decide what you want and then plan to get it.

Do's and don'ts

There are effective ways to communicate what you want to people so they are most likely to listen to your views and wishes. We have put together some top tips to help you communicate your wishes.

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