Advocacy in Action 2

John has suffered from a stroke and after that he has found it much more difficult to communicate and express his views. John has also found himself to lack in confidence as a result of that. John heard about advocacy by seeing a leaflet at his local community centre.

John got in contact with IANT and within a week received support from an advocate in parallel to his health support from a speech therapist and other health professionals. John met with his advocate regularly. He was originally interested in obtaining a blue badge which will allow him and the person who helps him to travel to different places with more flexibility. John achieved that, and more over, he and his advocate accessed information of different activities in his community. John also joined a fitness scheme and got more involved in his local community.

John and his advocate worked together at every part of the process and it was always John that came up with the ideas and his advocate supported him to explore them. John shared with his advocate that he had recently increased his quality of life and his confidence has also increased. When all the issues have been dealt with the advocacy partnership came to a conclusion. John thanked his advocate for listening and supporting him in what he described as difficult times. 

John even wrote in his feedback form that he would recommend the work of an advocate to other people who face problems similar to his. 

(Names have been changed to uphold confidentiality)

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