Self Advocacy

Self Advocacy groups encourage people to communicate their thoughts and opinions, listen, understand rights and responsibilities and make their own decisions. People can also learn how they can make changes.

Community Advocacy

Community Advocacy groups speak up on behalfof other people with a learning disability. They put forward the views of their community of interest to decision makers.

Citizen Advocacy

Citizen Advocacy involves a volunteer forming a long-term, one-to-one partnership with an adult who has a learning disability. The volunteer will help their ‘partner’ to speak up for their rights and say what they want.

Independent Casework Advocacy

This is provided by paid staff. It is a time limited, issue based advocacy service. Requests for independent advocacy are confidential and are accepted as self-referral, from families / friends and organisations. Independent Casework Advocates (ICA) do not make decisions for people, or tell them what is best for them. Their role is to help people understand their rights and any choices they may have. If necessary an ICA will speak up for people and represent them.

Cardiff and Vale Advocacy Gateway

Not sure where to turn for advocacy and advice? The gateway will steer you toward the available options.

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Organisations that advocate in a general basis

All Wales Forum

The All Wales Forum aims to keep the spirit of the All Wales Strategy alive and ensure that
people with a learning disability and their families and carers have the opportunity to live full and valued lives within their communities.

The All Wales Forum consists of an alliance of carer organisations based across Wales, who in partnership look to promote and discuss matters relating to disabled individuals and their families and carers. The All Wales Forum is the lead organisation for campaigns at a national level on learning disability issues that affect carers and families. Parent’s and carers views are sought and encouraged at a variety of workshops and events across Wales and a regular newsletter Abl is produced.



Kate Young, Director
All Wales Forum
Elliott Buildings, 21 Cardiff Road
Taffs Well
CF15 7RB

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Cardiff and the Vale Parents' Federation

Cardiff and the Vale Parents’ Federation support parents, carers and relatives of disabled children and adults with a learning disability

  • Provides opportunities for members to meet together to discuss issues of interest  or concern
  • Represents the viewpoints of parents on services for disabled people, their families and carers in a wide range of forums, planning groups and consultations
  • Provides information, arranges seminars and co-ordinate events where families and carers can learn more about services and opportunities and meet each other
  • Organises the annual Understanding Disability Awards that celebrate examples of including people with a learning disability in everyday life
  • Works in close partnership with other voluntary agencies, statutory bodies and individuals to promote and improve opportunities for people with a learning disability and their carers.

They produce an information guide, ‘Where You Stand’ which is available free of charge to all members and held on their website.

Any parent/carer can make contact if they would like to receive up-to-date information via the Federation mailing list.


Cardiff and the Vale Parents Federation
Unit 14, Sbectrwm Community Centre Bwlch Road


NYAS provides specialist legal advice and assistance. NYAS is a legal aid agency provider for family law.

Through these services NYAS provides a safety net for children, young people and vulnerable adults, who have nowhere else to turn. We work within communities across the UK, with children, with young people, with adults, and with carers, local authorities and professionals such as social workers and lawyers.

They are independent and confidential as long as you are safe.

They can help if you are:

  • Not being listened to
  • In need of some advice
  • In need of help to talk to Social Services
  • Aren’t being treated fairly
  • Being told you have to move
  • Having difficulties about school
  • Not having the contact with your family that you want
  • Homeless
  • A vulnerable adult who is disabled
  • A carer
  • Experiencing the separation or divorce of your parents
  • Not feeling safe



Egerton House Tower Road
CH41 1FN

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