We are committed to keeping you and our advocates safe.

Covid-19 has changed the way we work – but it has not stopped us working!  Over the past year we have continued to help very high numbers of people who need advocacy support in order to speak up and ensure that their rights and wishes are respected:

  • Our Appropriate Adult service has continued to operate on a face-to-face basis throughout the pandemic, as the law requires, and helped over 700 at-risk adults in 2020-21. Thank you to our amazing volunteers who made this happen!
  • Our Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA) team have supported more people than ever who are affected by the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. We are working with the local authority Home First team to ensure that no one is in hospital longer than is necessary, so beds are kept free for those affected by Covid-19.
  • We have offered telephone support to people who are particularly affected by the pandemic, making sure that they are getting the services they need.

In line with Government guidance, all our advocates are currently working from home.  They are meeting clients via MS Teams, Skype or over the phone wherever possible, but still meet people face to face if this is the only way that they can benefit from advocacy.  At face-to-face meetings advocates are required to:

  • Maintain social distance (2m)
  • Wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Meet outdoors or in well-ventilated areas.

All our employees have had at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine, and all will have had their second dose by June; a significant number of volunteers have also now been vaccinated.

As lockdown restrictions ease, we are looking forward to seeing more of you face-to-face in future.  We have joined the UK Government’s workplace testing scheme, and soon all front line staff will be using Lateral Flow Tests twice a week to make sure they are free from infection.

If you have any questions about our measures to reduce the risks of Covid-19, please email them to enquiries@dorsetadvocacy.co.uk