One to One Advocacy

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Ace provide one to one advocacy working as a partner organisation in the Suffolk Advocacy Service Partnership. The Suffolk Advocacy service partnership is made up of four experienced organisations, Suffolk Family Carers, Ace Anglia and Suffolk User Forum and POhWER. 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.

Meet our advocates:

Ace currently employ five advocates, offering advocacy support to adults, young people and children across Suffolk.

What is advocacy?

Advocacy is about making sure that your wishes and opinions are heard and your rights are upheld.

Advocacy can help people to:

  • Think through different choices and options available to you
  • Make your views and wishes clear
  • Get independent and accurate information
  • Understand your rights

Advocates support people to speak up for themselves. Advocates can also speak up for people’s views on their behalf if they are unable to do this for themselves.

Advocacy Benefits

  • The advocate is an independent professional
  • It will help make sure your voice is heard and really listened to
  • It is person led
  • It will help you express your views and wishes in meetings
  • It will help you speak up for yourself
  • It will give you support to help you make choices
  • It will help you to get people to understand your point of view
  • It can make it easier to get information that you need in a way that you understand
  • It is a free and confidential service

x Advocacy is not:

  • Persuading someone to think a different way or do things differently
  • Being a friend
  • Being a counsellor
  • Making decisions for the person or giving advice
  • Providing social support for example managing someone’s financial affairs or organising transport
  • A mediation service – these services are available elsewhere
  • A service that can provide specific legal advice or support – we can help you find that support elsewhere
  • A replacement for support staff or social workers
  • A long term service

More information about POhWER

Contact POhWER for more information, advice and support:

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