Advocacy Services North East Wales provide Independent Advocacy to help Change your Life for the Better.
We are able to work with anyone who feels that our service is one they need, with no requirement to be in mental health services or with a formal mental health diagnosis.
We currently have 12 advocates, who work with anyone over the age of 18 including younger people with dementia and carers.
Self-Advocacy for Empowerment (S.A.F.E) is a termly programme of groups and workshops offered by Advocacy Services North East Wales (ASNEW). Self-advocacy essentially involves a person expressing their own needs and concerns and representing their own interests. The SAFE programme gives you skills, knowledge and information to do this with confidence.
- is fun and informative (we learn and laugh together)
- it develops confidence and self-awareness (especially with other people and groups).
- builds on existing strengths and develops good communication skills (you will become more positive and assertive).
- it helps you to understand your rights under various legislation (to ensure access to support and services).
- promotes personal empowerment and recovery (you will develop better emotional resilience and an ‘I can cope’ attitude).
- is entirely responsive to clients’ expressed needs (we only do what is helpful to you).
The programme is available to service users, carers and anyone with mental health concerns. Some courses are open to staff and volunteers. Custom-built courses and workshops relating to advocacy and mental health can also be provided to groups of service users and organisations. These have included Self-Advocacy for Carers, Introduction to Level 3 Advocacy Qualification, the Role of the IMHA and IMCA, skills awareness and value based training for care providers and Mental Health First Aid.
SAFE is confidential, independent and free. For further information, please contact Jude Elliott (SAFE Facilitator): SAFE@ASNEW.org.uk or 01352 759 332/07803 628 299. Visit www.ASNEW.org.uk for programme details.
Advocacy in the Community, for Carers, Older People and Younger People with Dementia
We provide qualified advocates, who can offer formal representation and support at meetings and appointments. An advocate is someone who will listen to your worries and problems and work alongside you to achieve your aims. Advocates are a valuable source of information and can help the people who use their service to feel in control of their own lives – to feel empowered.
IMHA – Independent Mental Health Advocacy
We offer IMHA to anyone being treated for a mental disorder, in a hospital or registered establishment, across Flintshire and Wrexham area.
IMCA – Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy
IMCAs are an independent safeguard for people who lack the capacity, and who do not have family or friends appropriate to support them, to make specific important decisions.
Paid Relevant Persons Representative (RPR)
Our Paid Relevant Persons Representatives (RPR) are qualified advocates who have specialist knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act and Depirvation of Liberty Safeguard legislation.