Here's a list of what we do
Peer Advocacy supports people to speak out about things that matter to them. Peer Advocates get involved with different groups and organisations, including the NHS, police, local council, and different charities. They work hard to make sure that the views of people with a learning disability are included. Peer Advocates are members of the Changing Lives group and represent the views of people with learning disabilities in Solihull at the local Learning Disability Partnership Board and Regional Forum. Peer Visitors are a group of people with learning disabilities who visit residential care homes in Solihull to make sure residents are happy with the quality of service they receive.
Statutory Advocacy: IMCA, DoLS, and Care Act
We provide Independent Mental Capacity Advocates (IMCAs) for people who have been assessed as lacking capacity to make specific decisions. In some cases, this is a legal requirement. If you‘re over 16 and a decision needs to be made about long-term changes in your accommodation or you are undergoing serious medical treatment, people come to us to help. If you don’t have the capacity to make the decision, or there’s no-one independent of services to consult with about the decision, an IMCA gets involved. In special cases, we help with care reviews and adult protection and sometimes are asked to do this even where family members or others are available.
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
IMCAs get involved when decisions are being made about depriving people of their liberty and there is no-one available to consult about the decision. Someone has their liberty deprived if they are under continuous supervision and are not free to leave, and the person doesn’t have the capacity to consent to these arrangements. A Deprivation of Liberty is usually applicable when a person is in a care home or nursing home; it may be that the front door is coded or locked and controlled by the staff, it could be that the person is deemed to have no capacity and requires constant supervision.
IMCAs are available to fill gaps between appointed representatives, if a representative is unpaid or if the local authority believes the presence of an IMCA is beneficial. The advocate will work with the person deemed to lack capacity and relevant professionals and carers to consider their wishes and best interests.
We undertake community advocacy - all advocacy that is not a legal entitlement. We support you to manage various situations you may come across in your daily life. We help you get your voice heard, help you make informed decisions, accompany you and support you in meetings, listen to you and more.
We deliver various workshops to enable people to increase their skills and self-esteem. We use film and visual performance in our drama workshops to raise awareness about hate crime and promote our anti-bullying message to the local community.
Parents with learning difficulties can and do make good parents, sometimes they need extra support to do this. When that support isn’t in place some people may struggle with caring for their children. We can help to find out what support is available and ask for other services to help them and their family. When there are child protection concerns, we support and enable parents to be involved at meetings and in court to make sure their views and opinions are heard.
Relevant Persons Representative – RPR
When Deprivation of Liberty order is authorised and the person being deprived of their liberty has no person who can appropriately advocate for them then a RPR is requested by social services. A RPR is an Advocate who will independently represent a person’s needs, this may be instructed or in their ‘Best Interest’; all views of carers and professionals, family and friends may be gathered and the most likely representation given on their behalf.
Care Act Advocacy
Care Act advocates offer advocacy to adults with a learning disability and older adults in Solihull. We can work with people to support their active involvement in the care and support process.
An advocate can:
- Support you to prepare for your assessments and meetings
- Help you to understand the assessment support process and options available to you
- Make sure you feel able to give your views and wishes about your needs
- Work with you to make your own decisions
- Support you to challenge decisions made if the decisions don’t take your views, wishes or feelings into account.
You will be entitled to a care act advocate if you have difficulty being involved in the care process and have no-one appropriate to support you.