Asist Advocacy Service are pleased to have been invited to work closely with The Stoke-on Trent All Age Carers Service and look forward to providing some targeted input to support the new delivery model.
Asist provides specialist independent advocacy support focused on one-to-one, issue based advocacy services for people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and/or mental health issues.
Advocacy is about enabling people who have difficulty speaking out to speak up and make their own, informed, independent choices about decisions that affect their lives.
Asist provides the Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy service (IMCA) and the Independent Mental Health Act Advocacy service (IMHA) in Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent. Asist also offers advocacy to people in Stoke on Trent through a number of specialist projects including Care Act, BAME, NHS Complaints and Parents Advocacy.
Asist is nationally recognised for developing, writing and promoting the Watching Brief guidance which outlines the core principles that underpin all Non-Instructed Advocacy support services across the UK.
In the short-term Asist would produce self-advocacy resources for carers, producing information and guidance for self-advocating, including steps, skills and approaches. The production of useful resources to navigate often complex statutory processes.
Agreeing advocacy contact for carers and professionals who seek information and guidance.
Longer term working with carers, in addressing what they want and need, how we can shape our work together with them; for examples peer advocacy training, group work, perhaps helping to develop advocacy networks for carers, including those in marginalised groups (for example, through our Reach and BAME projects).
Working with carer organisations and carers to address systemic issues, support to escalate and influence change for carers including those. We want to work towards making a difference straight away, delivering advocacy support however it is shaped by carers, producing a legacy that will grow.