If you are affected by dementia, you can make a referral to Kent Advocacy for yourself or on behalf of a friend or family member. If you or your relative/friend has a particular issue and need support to:

• Express their views, wishes and needs

• Be listened to

• Know and understand their rights

• Ensure they can be involved in a decision that needs to be made

1) To be able to access the Community Advocacy service, one of these conditions needs to apply to you or the relative/friend being referred. 

  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • Dementia
  • Hearing impairment
  • Mental health difficulty
  • Older person
  • Physical disability
  • Sight impairment

 2) If you want to make a complaint about treatment you have received in a NHS service or service paid for by the NHS.  Before making a referral, Kent Advocacy would suggest that you look at their self-help resources to see what the complaints process involves and what action you may be able to take without involving an advocate.

 3) If you or the person being referred is detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 or subject to recall to hospital, the referral will go to an Independent Mental Health Advocate. An (IMHA) can help explain how the law applies to them and how to participate in, or appeal against, the plans made for their care and/or treatment.

Please note

Referrals for people with learning disabilities should continue to be made directly to Advocacy for All.

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