Solihull Action Through Advocacy

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Service summary

About Us Our Mission is: To enable the most vulnerable to have a voice and be heard; securing their rights, and taking action to influence positive change. We work with over 300 people each year advocating for people with learning disabilities and older people. We help people develop self-advocacy skills and support peer advocates in campaigning for change. We enable people to have more control over their lives making any changes they wish to. What we do: The ACE Community Project. Our Lottery Funded project is all about Aspirations, Choice, and Empowerment. We deliver various workshops to enable people to increase their skills and self-esteem. We use film and visual performance in our drama workshops to raise awareness about hate crime and promote our anti-bullying message to the local community. We undertake community advocacy - all advocacy that is not a legal entitlement. We support you to manage various situations you may come across in your daily life. We help you get your voice heard, help you make informed decisions, accompany you and support you in meetings, listen to you and more. Peer Advocacy Peer Advocacy supports people to speak out about things that matter to them. Peer Advocates get involved with different groups and organisations, including the NHS, police, local council, and different charities. They work hard to make sure that the views of people with a learning disability are included. Peer Advocates are members of the Changing Lives group and represent the views of people with learning disabilities in Solihull at the local Learning Disability Partnership Board and Regional Forum. Peer Visitors are a group of people with learning disabilities who visit residential care homes in Solihull to make sure residents are happy with the quality of service they receive. Parents Advocacy Parents with learning difficulties can and do make good parents, sometimes they need extra support to do this. When that support isn’t in place some people may struggle with caring for their children. We can help to find out what support is available and ask for other services to help them and their family. When there are child protection concerns, we support and enable parents to be involved at meetings and in court to make sure their views and opinions are heard. Statutory Advocacy: IMCA, DoLS, and Care Act We provide Independent Mental Capacity Advocates (IMCAs) for people who have been assessed as lacking capacity to make specific decisions. In some cases, this is a legal requirement. If you‘re over 16 and a decision needs to be made about long-term changes in your accommodation or you are undergoing serious medical treatment, people come to us to help. If you don’t have the capacity to make the decision, or there’s no-one independent of services to consult with about the decision, an IMCA gets involved. In special cases, we help with care reviews and adult protection and sometimes are asked to do this even where family members or others are available. Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards IMCAs get involved when decisions are being made about depriving people of their liberty and there is no-one available to consult about the decision. Someone has their liberty deprived if they are under continuous supervision and are not free to leave, and the person doesn’t have the capacity to consent to these arrangements. A Deprivation of Liberty is usually applicable when a person is in a care home or nursing home; it may be that the front door is coded or locked and controlled by the staff, it could be that the person is deemed to have no capacity and requires constant supervision. IMCAs are available to fill gaps between appointed representatives, if a representative is unpaid or if the local authority believes the presence of an IMCA is beneficial. The advocate will work with the person deemed to lack capacity and relevant professionals and carers to consider their wishes and best interests. Relevant Persons R

Area served

Solihull

The page was last updated on 29 April 2016

Main address

11-13
Land Lane
Marston Green
Solihull
West Midlands
B37 7DE

Main telephone

01217064696

Organisation email

office@solihulladvocacy.org.uk

Website

www.solihulladvocacy.org.uk

Contact

Hannah-Rebecca Joy Guscoth

Contact telephone

01217064696

Contact email

office@solihulladvocacy.org.uk