Advocacy

What is advocacy?

Advocacy means supporting you to:working with epic advocates

  • Be heard
  • Have a voice
  • Know your rights
  • Take part in the decisions that are being made about your life
  • Find out answers to any questions you may have
  • Understand the complaints system

Why would I need an advocate? 

  • If you want some information or adviceTeenage girl leaning to tree in park
  • If you would like help to speak up about an issue that affects you
  • If you would like somebody to attend a meeting with you
  • If you would like help to ask for a service
  • If you need support with any other issues
  • If you want to make a complaint

How will my advocate help me? 

Firstly, your advocate will listen to you.

Then with your permission your advocate might ….

  • Help you write  a letter
  • Speak to somebody on your behalf
  • Attend a meeting with you
  • Help you to make a complaint
  • Support you to speak up about decisions in your life
  • Find out information
  • Help you to understand what is being said

How do I get an advocate?

Firstly, it is your decision if you want an advocate to work with you.Teenage Girl Sending Text Message Whilst Studying

You (or somebody else on your behalf can contact the EPIC office by phone, text, email or letter)

The Advocacy Manager or Advocate will then contact you to see how they can help you.

Top Advocacy Issues presented to EPIC

  • Care placement 33%
  • Care or aftercare plan 17%
  • Family Contact 14%
  • Education 13%
  • Accommodation 12%
  • Other issues 11%

Advocacy Cases ReportThis report presents detailed information on the characteristics of young people who engaged with EPIC’s Advocacy Service in 2012.

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EPIC Advocacy Service Leaflet

 

What happens when a young person chooses to work with an Advocate at EPIC?

 

The Advocacy Team

Réidín Dunne

Réidín Dunne

Advocacy Service Manager

Fidelma Guinan

Fidelma Guinan

Advocacy Officer (Dublin)

Peter Lane

Peter Lane

Advocacy Officer (Dublin)

John Murphy

John Murphy

Advocacy Officer (Cork)

Niamh Sludds

Advocacy Officer (Cork)

Thérèse Gogarty

Thérèse Gogarty

Advocacy Administrator

Fiona Murray

Fiona Murray

Advocacy Officer (Dublin)

Joe Walsh

Joe Walsh

Advocacy Officer (Limerick)

Brenda Kneafsey

Brenda Kneafsey

Advocacy Officer (Galway)

Edel Weldon

Advocacy Officer (Dublin)

 

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