When you need help with a particular issue, an advocate can help to make sure that your views and wishes heard. We can help if you live in Christchurch, Bournemouth, Poole or Dorset.

Who we help

group of peopleWe help adults who already receive commissioned services from either Dorset Council or BCP Council and are one or more of the following:

  • over 65 years old
  • an adult with learning disabilities and/or autism
  • an adult with physical disability or long-term condition
  • a carer for someone who has support from Social Services. They must live in the Dorset Council area.
    See our Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Carers page for carers who live in BCP Council area.
  • 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:

  • Benefits advice 
  • 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.
  • Legal advice

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.

Download our referral form:

Your personal information

When you make a referral, we take personal information from you which we are responsible for keeping safe.
Find out how we look after your data