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What we do

Ace Anglia is a people-led advocacy organisation, working with people with learning disabilities and autistic people 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.

Our vision is for:
‘A world where everyone has their voice heard so that people live good lives as part of their community with the right support, at the right time from the right people.’

Ace focus on different areas of work:

  • One to one advocacy
  • Group advocacy
  • Working in co-production
  • Implementing the Joint Suffolk Learning Disability Strategy
  • Facilitating the Suffolk Learning Disability Partnership Board co-production and strategy focus groups.
  • Producing accessible information.
  • Project work
  • Film work and videos
  • Community inclusion

One to one advocacy

Ace provide one to one advocacy working as a partner organisation in the POhWER Partnership. The POhWER partnership is made up of three experienced organisations which include, Suffolk Family Carers, Ace Anglia and Suffolk User Forum. We have joined together as a partnership so that when you contact POhWER you can quickly get the right specialist support with a single referral. The Ace advocates work on Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA) including Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) and Relevant Person’s Paid Representative (RPPR), Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA), Care Act AdvocacyNHS Complaints Advocacy, Children’s Advocacy, Community Advocacy

Self 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.

Health and Wellbeing Department

Our health department offers individuals an opportunity to speak up in a safe & confidential environment, gain confidence, raise self-esteem and to learn new skills.

Our health and wellbeing department works on:

  • Networking
  • Co-production
  • Peer Educator Network
  • Conferences
  • Training
  • Quality Checking
  • Health Projects
  • Consultation
  • Events
  • Regional Health Co-production Group Facilitation

Accessible Information

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.

Project work

We work with partners on smaller projects such as:

  • Suffolk story bank
  • Hate crime
  • E-safety
  • Archiving
  • Transforming care

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