Parent / Carer Advocacy
Advocacy promotes equality and the right to a life without barriers or discrimination
The Parent/Carer Advocate offers one to one independent support to parents/carers of disabled children aged 0 – 25 who are resident in Hammersmith & Fulham
The Parent/Carer advocate is Nighat Hassan you can contact her on 07951436180 or [email protected]
The advocate’s role is to:
- Support parents/carers to have their voice heard
- Ensure parents are aware of services available to their disabled child/young person and support them to access those services
- Support parent/carers on a range of issues including access to Social Care, Education, Housing and Leisure/Play facilities
- The service is free and referrals can be made by professionals and parents themselves
- For more information please feel free to contact the advocate directly – [email protected]
- The advocate does not give benefit advise or complete benefit forms for parents but can signpost to services that can help.
“I would really struggle without the help from HF Mencap. I had one particular situation which was so distressing that had my advocate not been able to advise me and attend a meeting with me then I dread to think how it would have ended. I have contacted the service many times and if you haven’t been able to answer a question you always know someone who can help.”
“I’m mum to 3 beautiful children 2 of who are severely disabled. As a result I’m faced with numerous encounters and meetings with different teams involved in their care. I have come across challenging and difficult times in this journey and one person who has made a difference to our lives is Amanda from Hfmencap
She has accompanied me tirelessly to countless meetings: hospital, school, with social service, with community care team etc. She has raised my concerns, spoken on my behalf, supported me in all my decisions and always made sure I’m happy with the decisions made.
As a result of her intervention, more care hours have been provided to one of my children and more learning support offered to my other child in school, I’m more listened to by professions and involved in the decision making in the care around my children, I have been rehoused to suitable accommodation: and this is priceless to me.”