Longford Advocacy Partners in Disability

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Longford Advocacy Partners in Disability provide new professional advocacy service for people with disabilities in Co. Longford

This new project is managed by County Longford Citizens Information Service and directed by Longford Advocacy Partners in Disability (LAPD), a steering committee which consists of local organisations who deal with people with disabilities in the county. The project is initially a two-year pilot project, funded by the Citizens Information Board as part of initiative to fund community and voluntary groups to provide professional advocacy services for people with disabilities.

The project aims to provide a free, independent, confidential and one-to-one advocacy service for adults with disabilities in Co. Longford. It is based at Longford Town’s Citizens Information Centre, upstairs in the Longford Shopping Centre.

The target group for the project is adults with all disabilities (physical, sensory, intellectual or mental health) who live in Co. Longford. On the basis of an understanding of each client’s needs, the advocate will advise and support them in making their own decisions/choices, to claim an entitlement, or take a course of action. Where appropriate, the advocate will negotiate or make a case on a client’s behalf.
The LAPD advocate can support clients in order to:

  • Identify their needs;
  • Apply for a service;
  • Make a complaint or an appeal;
  • Take a case to a tribunal;
  • Access accommodation, education or training;
  • Attend case conferences;
  • Access support;
  • Access legal advice.

To find out more this new service in Longford, you can contact them by telephone (043-41069) or email (longford.disabilityadvocate@citizensinformation.ie).
Valerie Maguire, Disability Advocate

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