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.
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 them
- Make their views and wishes clear
- Get independent and accurate information
- Understand their 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.
What are the benefits of advocacy?
- 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
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
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 Advocacy
- NHS Complaints Advocacy
- Children’s Advocacy
- Community Advocacy including Community Mental Health Advocacy, Carers Advocacy Support, Group Advocacy, Learning Disabilities Advocacy and Child Protection Advocacy
- Peer Led Mental Health Inpatient Advocacy Drop Ins
How do I get support from an advocate?
To make a referral to the Suffolk Advocacy Service, you can download the forms below:
- Suffolk Advocacy Service Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA) referral form
- Suffolk Advocacy Service Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) referral form
- Suffolk Advocacy Service NHS Complaints Advocacy referral form
- Suffolk Advocacy Service Community Advocacy referral form
- Suffolk Advocacy Service Care Act referral form
- Suffolk Advocacy Service Children’s Advocacy referral form
More information about POhWER
If you are not sure whether you can get an advocate, or for more information, advice and support, please call 0300 456 2370 or e-mail SuffolkAdvocacyService@pohwer.net.
For more information about advocacy & POhWER please go to: https://www.pohwer.net/suffolk-advocacy-service?fbclid=IwAR2BXdqXcMnqgGgmwv4C1XvT08vdMsAfvWhoYJ6Rjx7bEJwXiUSrVEZHBhQ