Ace Anglia is a people-led advocacy organisation, working with people with learning disabilities across Suffolk. Ace is a registered charity & company limited by guarantee.
Ace is people-led, meaning organisational and strategic decisions are made jointly by a board of Trustees & an Advisory Group. Ace focus on 7 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
- Health projects and peer educators
One to one advocacy
Ace is sub-contracted by Total Voice Suffolk led by VoiceAbility, working with, Suffolk Family Carers, Suffolk User Forum, Impact & The Royal Association for Deaf People, to deliver statutory and non-statutory advocacy in Suffolk. The 5 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 and weekly online meetings using zoom. 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, regional or national pieces of work such as, co-production, consultations, conferences and project development. The groups are facilitated by experienced advocates who can offer support or, if necessary signpost to formal one to one advocacy. The groups offer individuals an opportunity to speak up in a safe & confidential environment, gain confidence, raise self-esteem and to learn new skills for example filming, IT, social media, leadership and presenting. We collaborate 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
Ace support people to be involved in co-production to refresh the joint Suffolk Learning Disability Strategy. This work will build on the previous 5-year strategy and still 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.’ Ace support people to co-produce projects, policy & strategic direction within local health & social care services.
Ace facilitates the Suffolk Learning Disability Partnership Board.
Ace has an accessible information department, working on projects across health & social care, voluntary sector and commercial sector 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, LeDer, Learning Disability England, East of England Ambulance service, HealthWatch Suffolk, Public Health England, Public Health Suffolk and One Life Suffolk.