Issue Based Advocacy
We provide 1:1 advocacy for individuals in Shropshire, who need help with specific issues. This type of advocacy helps people to sort out things that may be troubling them or things that they want to change. We will help individuals work with other people as well if that is what is needed.
Taking Part manages a team of Citizen Advocates who support people with learning difficulties.
A Citizen Advocate will build a trusting relationship, speak up for the rights as a citizen and will not judge you.
Group advocacy is provided in a number of places including residential homes, traditional day services and other similar settings. This is where we encourage people to speak up and share their living experiences and tell us what they think about changes. Taking Part also share information in these group advocacy sessions about what is happening locally, regionally and nationally.
Self Advocacy/Experts by Experience is where we support individuals to represent their peers and themselves in meetings and groups. Their voices are really powerful so it is important that their views and voices are listened to.
Taking Part have 3 qualified advocates who can provide 'Advocacy under the Care Act'. They achieved their Independent Advocacy Qualification in 2016. Advocacy under the Care Act is available for anyone who is having a Care Act assessment, review or the preparation and review of a care and support plan. It is also available for anyone undergoing a safeguarding enquiry or review. The person must have substantial difficulty in fully participate in this process themselves and have no other person who can support them.
Paid Relevant Person's Representative-Paid Reps
To live safely and free from the threat of harm, some clients who reside in a care home setting or are in hospital are sometimes placed under a Deprivation of Liberty Safeguard order. This means that the individual may have their liberty (freedom) restricted so that they do not become a danger to themselves or others around them. If they don't have a family member or other person to ensure that they are happy living where they are, then they have a Paid Relevant Person's Representative appointed to visit them on a regular basis to make sure that the restrictions are fair and that they are happy.