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Sahil’s Story – Seeking stability, not separation

Sahil came to the UK with his little brother, confused, isolated and distrusting. He's now 17, studying for A levels, whilst living with his brother in a children's unit. But now, once more, Sahil is being told he must leave everything he knows.

Sahil's advocate helped him challenge the decision and fought for him to remain where he was.

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Alex - Supported Decision Making

Alex was spending more and more time alone in his care home, where he lived under a Deprivation of Liberty (DoL) order. Alex's advocate worked with him to find a way to communicate and looked at what activities and support options were available to him. Using their new communication techniques, Alex was able to let staff know what he wanted and a programme of inclusion has been put together. Alex is now happier, and more settled in his home, and staff there are now able to include Alex in decisions about himself. 

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George’s story - Finding Nemo

George is a quiet, thoughtful gentleman, who had lived an independent life until six months ago. A serious fall meant that George was admitted into care, and there he was diagnosed with dementia. After five months of physical therapy, George has recovered from his fall, but his dementia has gotten much more severe. After being assessed as lacking capacity to make a decision about where he could live, a VoiceAbility IMCA starting working with George.

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Daisy’s story - Streak of Independence

Daisy is an informal patient with the adolescent services unit. She is young, capable and intelligent but suffers from depression and anxiety and has been diagnosed with anorexia. She missed socialising with her friends and family and has looked at discharging herself from her unit against the wishes of medical professionals. Daisy asked for an independent advocate to get an independent explanation of her rights and the options that she had.

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Greg’s story - Money for nothing

Greg is a sociable gentleman living in a residential home. Greg is usually happy, so staff at the home were concerned when he came to them complaining that his weekly allowance from his family wasn’t enough. They called Voiceability and with his advocate’s involvement, Greg was able to get more money, and start doing the activities that made him so happy.

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Leanne’s Story - Scared to talk

Leanne wanted to live with Chris. But her anxiety and fear was stopping her from getting the right support to live the life she wanted. Building a strong, trusting relationship with her advocate meant that professionals now understand Leanne and can help her get the care and support she and Chris both needed to stay together.

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