Advocates are people who can help you to be heard when you feel that you are not being listened to, or if you are finding things confusing in your life. All of the following may be able to help:
1. CARIADS: "Providing Information, Advice and Support For Carers in Thurrock". Telephone: 01375 659172 or e-mail: advice [at] cariads.info or write to CARIADS, 152 Bridge Road, Grays, Essex, RM17 6DB. Cariads Facebook here.
2. VoiceAbility: "VoiceAbility work across England with people who are vulnerable or marginalised to raise their voices and have their rights respected". Telephone: 07948 16 02 40.
3. BATIAS (Basildon And Thurrock Independent Advocacy Service): "works with people with learning disabilities, supporting them to speak out for themselves and make their voices heard". Telephone: 01375 38 98 69.
4. Thurrock Mind: "Our aim is to help people find their voice by giving support and help to make sure they are heard, are included in the decision making process regarding their lives, and make sure their rights are acknowledged and maintained". Telephone: 01375 39 14 11.
5. TCIL: Thurrock Centre for Independent Living. "We are here to help with any problems or difficulties you have on disability issues. Come in person, call, fax, e-mail or even text us we are here to help". Telephone: 01375 38 98 64.
6. ECDP: Members based support for disabled people in Essex. Give independent information, advice and guidance to people considering a Direct Payment / Personal Budget to meet their social care needs. Telelphone: 01245 39 23 00.
7. Mencap: Have a "telephone helpline, community based advisers and the Mencap website" with the aim of supporting learning disabled people, their parents and carers. Telephone: 0808 808 1111.
8. Thurrock Citizens Advice Bureau: Offer telephone support and a drop in centre in Grays high-street. You can find more local support at the main Citizens Advice Bureau site. Telephone: 08448 26 96 89.
9. Equality and Human Rights Commission: A government organisation set-up to protect and promote human rights.
10. Office for Disability Issues: A government organisation focussing purely on disability issues.
11. POhWER: "Empowering people to speak up and put things right". Especially linked to health and care arrangements that you may be unhappy with.