Project Managers: Tracy Moss (Together for Mental Wellbeing)/ Mandy Taviner (Warrington Speak Up)
Operations and Development Manager: Tracy Moss
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm
The Speak Up Together Advocacy Hub provides a range of services to ensure people can have their views and wishes genuinely considered when decisions are being made about their lives and that their rights are upheld.
Advocacy services support people by making sure they have their voice heard on issues that are important to them.
The advocacy hub is a collaboration between Together for Mental Wellbeing and Warrington Speak Up, commissioned by Warrngton Borough Council, offering a seamless service delivered from one location based at the Gateway.
Bringing together advocacy services in one place makes it easier for people to access the right kind of advocacy support at the time they need it. By having the same advocate people can experience better continuity of support at some of the most challenging times in their lives.
An advocate may not always be necessary but the advocacy hub will be able to point people in the right direction and signpost them to appropriate services.
The Care Act 2014 says that some people are legally entitled to have an advocate to support them to understand and participate in their health and social care assessments, support plans, reviews or safeguarding enquiries.
A person may be entitled to a Care Act advocate if:
A Care Act advocate is independent, qualified and experienced in understanding the health and social care system.
To find out more about Care Act advocacy and how to make a referral click on the links below:
The Mental Capacity Act says that people who are aged over 16 and who lack capacity to make certain decisions should have an Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA) appointed to represent them and protect their interests.
An advocate will be appointed where a person lacks capacity and has no family or friends who can be consulted about the decision.
The decisions involved include:
IMCA’s are independent, qualified and work within the framework of the Mental Capacity Act.
To find out more about IMCA and how to make a referral click on the links below:
The Mental Health Act 2009 says that people who are detained under the Act have the right to advocacy support from an Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA) for the period of their detention.
A person is entitled to an advocate if:
An IMHA is a qualified and experienced advocate who supports people to understand their care and treatment and works to ensure that people’s rights under the Mental Health Act are upheld.
To find out more about IMHA and how to make a referral click on the links below:
Parent Advocacy is available for parents with learning difficulties, learning disabilities, autism and mental health issues who are going through child protection and family court proceedings.
Advocates work to:
Advocates are independent, qualified and experienced in understanding the rights of parents within the child protection process.
To find out more about parent advocacy and how to make a referral click on the links below:
Preventative issue based advocacy is available for people who are not eligible for statutory advocacy services but for whom advocacy support may prevent further support from adult social care.
People are eligible for advocacy support if:
Advocates are independent and experienced in helping people to speak up, secure their rights, represent their interests and obtain services they need.
To find out more about preventative advocacy and how to make a referral click on the links below: