An adult experiencing substance misuse problems and are known to the Drug and Alcohol Team.
This includes people who are in prison in Dorset. It doesn’t include people living in care homes or supported accommodation which is paid for by an out of county local authority. Out of county authorities can purchase our services directly.
What we help with
An Advocate will support you to say what you want, secure your rights, represent your interests and get the services you need.
What we can’t help with
There are some issues that we regret we are not able to help with:
Housing and moving house. If you need to move because your care needs have changed and social services are doing assessments of your care, you may qualify for an advocate under the Care Act. Your social worker must make this decision. See our Care Act page for more information.
How do I make a referral?
If you are the person who wants advocacy, you can refer yourself or you can ask someone else to make the referral for you.
If you are making the referral for someone else, please make sure the person has given their permission, if they are able to make the decision for themselves.