VoiceAbility | Southampton
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Our services in Southampton

We provide the following services:

  • Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA)
    What’s this?

    Independent Mental Health Advocates (IMHAs) support people with issues relating to their care and treatment when they have been detained (sectioned) under the Mental Health Act. They also help people understand their rights under the Mental Health Act.

  • Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA)
    What’s this?

    Independent Mental Capacity Advocates (IMCAs) support people who lack capacity to make decisions about their long term accommodation or serious medical treatment and who do not have any friends or family appropriate to consult.

  • Care Act advocacy
    What’s this?

    Independent Care Act advocates support people to understand their rights under the Care Act and to be fully involved in decisions about any care and support they need. This includes local authority assessments, care reviews, care and support planning and safeguarding processes.

  • Children and young people’s SEND advocacy
    What’s this?

    Support for children, young people with special educational needs and/​or a disability who are undergoing a transition assessment or being assessed for an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) for the first time

  • Rule 1.2 Representative
    What’s this?

    Support if someone is or may be deprived of their liberty in a community or domestic setting.

  • Relevant Person’s Representative (RPR)
    What’s this?

    When a DoLS authorisation is in place and there is no suitable RPR, an advocate can take on the role of RPR.

  • General advocacy in Southampton
    What’s this?

    In Southampton, we provide advocacy for parents with a learning disability whose child is subject to child protection proceedings; and people in hospital who need support to be fully involved in the hospital discharge process.

  • Busy People Advocacy Group
    What’s this?

    We support this local group, where people work together to make sure their views are heard.

  • Learning disability user involvement
    What’s this?

    We are a group of people who have a learning disability and live in Southampton. We have self-advocacy group meetings every Monday. In these meetings we talk about things that are important to people with learning disabilities. We involve people with learning disabilities in the local Learning Disability Partnership Board, so that their views are heard in decisions that the local council is making.