Hertfordshire

VoiceAbility provides community mental health advocacy in Hertforshire, as part of the HertsHelp advocacy service.

Our work in Hertfordshire includes:

  • Peer support.
  • Group advocacy.
  • Supporting mental health recovery.
  • One-to-one community advocacy.

To access the service or for more information about advocacy in Hertfordshire, visit the HertsHelp website or contact HertsHelp:

Phone: 0300 123 4044
Email: info@hertshelp.net
Skype: HertsHelp
Text: hertshelp to 81025
Minicom: 0300 456 2364
Fax: 0300 456 2365

We run weekly advocacy drop-ins for young people staying in the Sett and the Burrows mental health wards. For details ask ward staff or email tvn@voiceability.org

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Social care teams in the local authority have a duty to make sure that people are fully involved in understanding and making decisions about the care and support they need.  For people who will find it very hard to be fully involved in the care process, independent advocacy is available. VoiceAbility offer Care Act support for Enfield and Haringey residents only. For Care Act advocacy in Barnet, contact barnetcab.org.uk/careandsupport/

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If you have been assessed as ‘lacking capacity’ to make specific decisions you may be able to get an advocate. 

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How does an IMHA from VoiceAbility Doncaster help? People who are treated under the Mental Health Act now have the right to independent mental health advocacy (IMHA). This applies to hospital patients and those who are on a Supervised Community Treatment. In Doncaster the IMHA service is provided by VoiceAbility Doncaster. If you are on a section, you can choose whether or not to have the help of an IMHA. If you do decide to work with an IMHA, he or she can only act with your permission.

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Talk, Eat, Drink (TED) is a service for people over 50 in East Lindsey.  Download our TED leaflet.

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Our mission is to create a powerful platform that brings together the voices of everyone who uses local services in Lincolnshire. Download our Service User Involvement Leaflet

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Our Children’s Service offers an independent voice to children and young people, to assist them in resolving issues relating to their welfare, care and circumstances. The service actively represents children and young people involved in child protection conferences on an opt-out basis.

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Please contact HertsHelp to access our services in Hertfordshire.

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Support for people receiving NHS treatment who aren't eligible for other (statutory) advocacy services. Part of our Health Advocacy service. Warwickshire only.

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Support for people going through care and support planning, reviews or assessments, or safeguarding. Part of our Care and Support Statutory Advocacy service.

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Support for anyone who wants to make a complaint about an NHS service. Part of our Health Advocacy service. Warwickshire only.

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We provide the IMHA service for people who need support with their rights under the mental health act. 

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Social care teams in the local authority have a duty to make sure that people are fully involved in understanding and making decisions about the care and support they need.  For people who will find it very hard to be fully involved in the care process, independent advocacy is available.

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We provide the IMHA service for people who need support with their rights under the mental health act.  This page gives information about who can get support from an IMHA, and how an IMHA can support you.

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If you have been assessed as ‘lacking capacity’ to make specific decisions you may be able to get an advocate. 

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Do you want to make a complaint about a service you or someone you know have received from the NHS but are not sure where to start? VoiceAbility advocates can work with you in a variety of ways to ensure you understand your options and get the best outcome for you. We also have a dedicated website which has a wide range of information to support you make a complaint.

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Do you need help to be involved in decisions about your care needs? An advocate can help you be heard, understand your choices and make your own decisions. Find out about how an advocate can help you, and how to get in touch with the team.

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If you have been assessed as ‘lacking capacity’ to make specific decisions you may be able to get an advocate. 

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We provide the IMHA service for people who need support with their rights under the mental health act.  This page gives information about who can get support from an IMHA, and how an IMHA can support you.

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Help us to support everyone to have a voice that counts. As a volunteer, you could spread the word about our services, use your lived experience to support someone through a tough time, or play a crucial role in making our service more accessible.

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If you have been assessed as ‘lacking capacity’ to make specific decisions you may be able to get an advocate. 

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VoiceAbility provides free and independent advocacy to people who are being treated at Hesley Village.

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Do you want to make a complaint about a service you or someone you know have received from the NHS but are not sure where to start? VoiceAbility advocates can work with you in a variety of ways to ensure you understand your options and get the best outcome for you. We also have a dedicated website which has a wide range of information to support you make a complaint.

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The Hounslow advocacy partnership provides the IMHA service for people who need support with their rights under the Mental Health Act. Advocates from Mind Ealing and Hounslow will be able to support you; find out who they can support and what they can do here.  

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If you have been assessed as ‘lacking capacity’ to make specific decisions you may be able to get an advocate. 

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In Doncaster, we provide the Paid Relevant Person's Representative service. An advocate will be appointed by the local Authority if the person is subject to Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and they do not have any friends or relatives suitable, willing and able to act as the person's representative.

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VoiceAbility provides free and independent advocacy to people who are being treated at Cheswold Park Hospital.

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Do you want to make a complaint about a service you or someone you know have received from the NHS but are not sure where to start? VoiceAbility advocates can work with you in a variety of ways to ensure you understand your options and get the best outcome for you. We also have a dedicated website which has a wide range of information to support you make a complaint.

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Experts by Experience support providers to give the best service to people with learning disabilities. The Quality Checkers team are Experts by Experience and use that experience to assess and report what is good and what needs improvements in each service. We are a member of The Association of Quality Checkers. As well as our regular quality checking work, we also assist commissioners at CTRs (Care & Treatment reviews). This ensures that people with a learning disability are not kept in hospital unnecessarily if they become mentally unwell.

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Do you have personal experience or a strong interest in disability, mental health or related rights issues? Then we would love to hear from you! Join us as a volunteer and help people with care and support needs to have their views heard, be in control and understand their rights. 

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