Ace Anglia is a user-led advocacy organisation, working with people with learning disabilities across Suffolk. Ace is a registered charity & company limited by guarantee.
Ace is user-led, meaning organisational and strategic decisions are made jointly by a board of Trustees & an Advisory Group. Ace focus on 6 strands of work:
- One to one advocacy
- Group advocacy
- Working in co-production on implementing the Joint Suffolk Learning Disability Strategy
- Producing accessible information
- Project work
- Community inclusion
One to one advocacy
Ace is a partner in the Total Voice Suffolk project, a partnership between VoiceAbility, Suffolk Family Carers, Age UK Suffolk, Impact & The Royal Association for Deaf People. The 6 advocates who work at Ace provide Professional advocacy, Care Act Advocacy, NHS complaints Advocacy, Independent Mental Health Advocacy & Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy.
Ace host self- advocacy Groups across Suffolk. These are localised groups where people can discuss any aspect of their life, work together to raise awareness, promote the Suffolk Joint Leaning Disability Strategy, campaign, and support one another to take part in local and national consultations. The groups are facilitated by experienced advocates and Strategy Champions who can offer support or, if necessary signpost to formal one to one advocacy. The groups offer individuals an opportunity to speak up a safe & confidential environment, gain confidence, raise self- esteem and to learn new skills for example filming, IT, social media, leadership and presenting. We facilitate 3 countywide Health Expert Networks: We work on projects with a wider regional and national network of user-led organisations.
Working in co-production on implementing the Joint Suffolk Learning Disability Strategy 2015-20
Ace support Champions on implementing the Joint Suffolk Learning Disability Strategy. The 5-year strategy looks to embed the vision ‘People with learning disabilities live good lives as part of their communities, with the right support, at the right time, from the right people.’ Through this Strategy Ace support Champions to co-produce projects, policy & strategic direction within local health & social care services.
Ace has an accessible information department, working on projects across health & social care locally, regionally & nationally. Clients include The Houses of Parliament, NHS England, Ipswich & East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group, West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group, Suffolk County Council & Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.
Ace currently employs 12 staff, and have offices in Ipswich & Stowmarket.