Be confident to have your say and have a voice

Often when you’re caring for someone you become that person’s advocate, and you may have to help them get their voice heard.

This doesn’t come naturally to everyone – it could be that you find talking to professionals about your loved one’s care really difficult. 

Even if you are quite confident it can be a good idea to get your thoughts clear in your head and think about what you want to say before you speak to professionals.

You may find it useful to look at  Carers UK’s guide on self-advocacy this is about learning the skills you need to speak up for yourself and the person you care for.

You might need to use a professional advocate to help support the person you care for:

All advocacy services in Oxfordshire are delivered by the Oxfordshire Advocacy Hub. https://bit.ly/3xcoDhi 

If you are not sure whether you can get an advocate, or for more information, advice and support in your area, you can contact 0300 200 0082 or email oxfordshireadvocacyhub@pohwer.net 

Carers Oxfordshire are often looking for carers to have a voice and influence how Health and Social Care work with carers. Keep an eye out on the website and social media for our Listening Events or sign up to our e-mail news where we will keep in touch with you about events and opportunities to have a voice using our contact form.

Want to get involved?

You can get involved with Carers Oxfordshire, if you have some time to spare then volunteering as a befriender might be of interest.

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