Advocacy

The Care Forum provides free, independent support and assistance to people who use, or wish to use services provided by Bristol drug and alcohol services.  To find out more about this service, please call 0808 808 5252 or send an email to daas@thecareforum.org.uk


The aim of the advocacy service is to offer you assistance to get your voice heard and your rights upheld on issues such as:

  • Getting treatment that suits you
  • Amount and type of medication e.g. if you feel you need a higher dose of methadone
  • Complaints about services
  • Appeals over rehab funding
  • Plus many other drug and alcohol treatment related problems.

Advocacy can offer support tailored to people’s needs; from advice around self-advocacy through to trained volunteer advocates and professional advocacy.  They can support you to look at different options and possible outcomes so you can make informed choices about what you could do. The Care Forum work to ensure people can represent their own interests as far as possible and not offer advice on how they think an individual should act.

If you would like to meet with someone from The Care Forum, they offer drop-in clinics with:

Roads @ Bristol Drugs Project on Tuesday’s 2.00 – 4.00pm.
The Methodist Centre every Thursday between 1.15pm – 3.15 pm
Every 6th Wednesday at ‘off the Croft’ (Stokes croft dispensing clinic) between 2-4 pm
For those engaged with the Specialist Drug and Alcohol team at the BRI, we offer a weekly clinic.

Along with our Trained Advocates we have a strong team of peer support workers who can offer additional support with any advocacy issues.

Volunteer as an advocate

If you are interested in being a peer advocate please ring DHI on 0117 916 6588.