Speak Up Together Advocacy Hub

Speak Up Together Advocacy Hub

The Gateway
89 Sankey Street
Warrington
info@speakuptogether.org.uk
01925 246 888
Services offered:
  • Advocacy
    • Care Act Advocacy
    • IMCA
    • IMHA
    • Parent Advocacy
    • Preventative Advocacy

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

info@speakuptogether.org.ukreferral@speakuptogether.org.uk

 

What does the Speak Up Together Advocacy Hub offer?

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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 will:

  • Help people make informed choices, listen to their views and wishes and speak up on their behalf when needed.
  • Help people who may find it difficult to access information and services to be involved in decisions about their lives, explore choices and options and defend and promote their rights.

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.

See below to find out more about each type of advocacy support offered and to download referral forms

Care Act Advocacy

 

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:

  • They would find it difficult to be actively involved in their care and support plans without an advocate
  • They do not already have someone suitable who can help

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:

Care Act fact sheets

Care Act easy read information

IMCA

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:

  • Serious medical treatment
  • Change of accommodation
  • Adult Safeguarding Procedures
  • Care Reviews
  • Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

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:

IMCA information 

DoLS information 

IMHA

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:

  • They are detained under any part of the Mental Health Act
    • They have been provisionally discharged from hospital
    • They are on a supervised Community Treatment Orders
    • They are voluntary patients who are considering serious medical treatment as a result of a mental health condition.

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:

IMHA easy read information 

IMHA information

Parent Advocacy

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:

  • Help parents understand information being shared by a range of professionals involved in the child protection and family court process
  • Support professionals to provide easy read information
  • Help parents understand and secure their rights within the process
  • Help parents make informed choices
  • Ensure that parents have their voice heard by supporting them to express their views and wishes

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 Advocacy

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:

  • They are over the age of 18, live in Warrington and/or are registered with a Warrington GP
  • They are a vulnerable person where one or more of the following applies:
    • Mental health needs
    • Leaning difficulty/disability
    • Sensory or physical impairment
    • Autism/Aspergers
    • Older person
    • Dementia
    • Long term health condition
    • Acquired brain injury
    • Socially isolated or disadvantaged
  • Advocacy relates to a specific issue

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: