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Self Advocacy


The Self Advocacy movement started in the 1970s to help disabled people have more control over their own lives. 


Self-advocacy is the ability to speak up for yourself and the things that are important to you.  


Self-advocacy is about people with learning disabilities and those who are neurodivergent being in control of their own lives. This means having the ability to speak up for what they want and being listened to on matters that are important to them. It means being given the right tools, information, and support to be able to make their own decisions.  


The goal of self-advocacy is for people with learning disabilities or who are neurodivergent to find the skills and confidence to speak up for their own rights and to make choices and decisions that affect their lives.  


How self-advocacy can help 



Where/When is self-advocacy useful? 



How can I find a self-advocacy group near me?  


We work with several self-advocacy groups across the North of England. Some groups are well-established, whilst others are new. Our Cloverleaf team is committed to supporting the self-advocacy movement and often arranges for relevant training courses and life skills projects in partnership with the groups we work alongside.  


Want to know more?


Click here to find a group near you.  

Not the right type of advocacy for you? Try these:


Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy

Care Act Advocacy

Independent Mental Health Advocacy


Relevant Person’s Representative

Independent Health Complaints Advocacy

Non Statutory Community Advocacy

Carers Advocacy