About CAP

We are a charity funded organisation, providing free independent advocacy for people with learning disabilities or Autism. We build relationships, to gain trust and knowledge of the people we work with.

We are here to be your voice. Here to make sure you’re heard. Here to make sure that you understand.

You might not get the outcome you want, but we’ll be with you to make sure you understand the process and feel that you’re being heard.

We’ll help you understand reports and understand what’s going on. We don’t give advice, but we’ll help you understand the options and explain the consequences of those options, to help you make your own choices.

We’re here to be a helping hand and a megaphone.

The most important part of our work is the relationship between you and your advocate. If there’s no trust there’s no point, it’s just tokenistic.

Most of the advocacy partners we work with build a relationship with a number of staff who they may meet over time and through that a trust of our organisation as a whole.

Many of our advocacy partners come back again and CAP is their first port of call when something happens. Partners know we’re here and there’s no judgement and we’ll just listen and do what we can. It’s a safe place – mentally and physically.

For many of our advocacy partners, the biggest impact of CAP is just knowing that you’re being heard. Being a person that somebody listens to can be massive for your self-worth and for your confidence. Sometimes we see that partners can just deal with life better.

“Can you imagine not being listened to?”

Partners can gain the confidence to move on, to park the issues or the trauma, to be able to recover and live your life. To be safe.

CAP can help you learn to advocate better for yourself, to remain calm, keep your voice down, think and speak more confidently, so that you get more out of situations. Our overall goal is that our advocacy partners become more self-dependent and don’t need us.

We want to give those with a learning disability or autism a voice. So that they can be better heard, be better included and be treated as equal.