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Choices Advocacy: Making Choice A Reality

Welcome to Choices Advocacy. We are a local charity providing independent advocacy and person centred planning for people living in Hampshire and Southampton.


About Us

Choices Advocacy started in 1994 working with adults with a learning disability in South West Hampshire and Southampton. In 2012 Connect Advocacy joined Choices Advocacy adding Fareham, Gosport and Portsmouth and in 2014 Choices Advocacy started working in the East Hampshire Area.

Choices Advocacy is a founding member of the Hampshire Advocacy Regional Group (HARG) and works to promote advocacy practice of the highest standard. Choices Advocacy leads training and development for HARG Training a City and Guilds accredited centre delivering the Independent Advocacy Diploma. All Choices advocates are provided with training.

Choices Advocacy is a locally based charity whose trustees all live in Hampshire. Some trustees have used advocacy and person centred planning services provided by Choices and some trustees have volunteered as Choices advocates. This helps Choices Advocacy to be in touch with what local people want.

Choices Advocacy is helped by local volunteers. We also have student social workers and learning disability nurses from 4 Universities working with us. Without them we could not support as many people as we do. If you want to find out more about volunteering with Choices Advocacy please contact us.


We always want to hear from people what you think about the work that we do. This helps us to get better at the work we do.

Recent Posts

National Co-production Week

We are supporting SCIE National Co-production Week.  Co-production is all about working in equal partnership with people who use services.  We believe everyone should be working in this way and want to share our thoughts about co-production.  We will be posting examples of good practice, how we work and what self advocates think about co-production… Read More >>

We have the National Advocacy QPM!

We have been awarded the national Advocacy Quality Performance Mark.   In order for us to get the award we had to show that we are working to the national Code of Practice and that we deliver advocacy services to the highest standard.  The award lasts from January 2016 until December 2018.  The report from… Read More >>

The Forum Theatre Group

The Forum Theatre drama group went along to the Southampton Local Safeguarding Adults Board business planning day in March. The group put on the play “the meeting that went wrong” to help the Board think about best practice in the Safeguarding process.  The play got the Board members thinking about how their services are Making… Read More >>

Southampton Safeguarding Conference

Self advocates put on a workshop at the Southampton Local Safeguarding Adults conference in December.  The group used forum theatre to get the audience involved in the workshop which focused on experiences of self neglect and if/how agencies support people.  Everyone said the group did a brilliant job and the workshop highlighted the importance of everyone working… Read More >>

Children in Need film the SAY group!

Children in Need fund three self-advocacy groups for young people with learning disabilities. Last week the BBC came along to one of the new groups to film us. You can see the video here or listen to the audio here. Everyone had a great time being filmed.  Thank you Children in Need for funding our… Read More >>

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