Below are a list of advocacy services that may be useful for you. Please note that if you are looking for support around Carers Payments and the Habitual Residency Condition please contact Crosscare Migrant Project on 01 873 2844 Advocacy Support.
Citizens information Services:
Information providers advocate at different levels in relation to difficulties with access to social welfare, housing, health and employment. They can help in explaning and filling in forms as well as explaining the appeals process. There is a national network of Citizens Information Centres, for details of your nearest centre contact Locall 1890 777 121 or visit www.citizensinformation.ie
A new National Advocacy Service is to be set up to provide independent, representative advocacy services for people with disabilities. It will be managed by five Citizens Information Services and supported by the Citizens Information Board. The Minister for Social Protection, Éamon Ó Cuív TD made the announcement on 5th October 2010. From January 2011 the new Service will take over the work of the 46 pilot advocacy projects, with a particular remit for more vulnerable people with disabilities.
For more information see http://www.citizensinformationboard.ie/services/advocacy_services
A national voluntary organisation working to promote the rights of people with an intellectual disability in Ireland to ensure their full and equal participation in society.
Bri, Aquired Brain Injury Advocacy Service:
BRí Advocacy Service works to promote justice and create equality of opportunity and participation. This is done through Personal Representative Advocacy, Group Peer Advocacy and Lobbying. From 16th December 2011 Bri's Advocacy Service cases will be transferred to the new National Advocacy Scheme.
National Youth Council of Ireland:
Advocacy work focusing specifically on the needs of young people.
For more information see http://www.youth.ie/advocacy
National Advocacy Partnership Alliance:
Since in 2008 the National Advocacy Programme has developed quite significantly. The first part of the three pronged approach was to develop a website that would inform the public about Nursing Homes/Community Units available in their area. This site has been developed as http://www.myhomefromhome.ie/ and is available to search for information on finding a nursing home in your area.
Irish Advocacy Network: Peer support for people experiencing mental health difficulties. There are regional advocates available for most health board areas in Ireland.
HeadSpace Toolkit: Self-advocacy and rights based toolkit for young pople accessing inpatient mental health services. Includes worksheets and information about young peoples mental health services. For more information see http://www.headspaceireland.ie
National Advocacy Council: The council was set up in 1999, to make sure that managers, directors and others hear the voices of people in the Brothers of Charity Services. For more information see http://www.nationaladvocacycouncil.ie/national/index.htm