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Asist provides specialist independent advocacy support focused on one-to-one, issue based advocacy services for people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and/or mental health issues.

 

Advocacy is about enabling people who have difficulty speaking out to speak up and make their own, informed, independent choices about decisions that affect their lives.

 

Asist provides the Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy service (IMCA) and the Independent Mental Health Act Advocacy service (IMHA) in Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent. Asist also offers advocacy to people in Stoke on Trent through a number of specialist projects including Care Act, BME, NHS Complaints and Parents Advocacy.

Asist is nationally recognised for developing, writing and promoting the Watching Brief guidance which outlines the core principles that underpin all Non-Instructed Advocacy support services across the UK.

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T: 01782 845584

E: enquiries@asist.co.uk

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Asist Advocacy Services is a registered charity number: 1048075
Asist is a company registered in England - company number: 3068125
Registered office: Asist, Winton House, Stoke Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 2RW

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Services

We offer advocacy in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.

 

We are commissioned to provide statuary advocacy,  and funded for other types of advocacy by health and fundraising activities

Can I Have an advocate?

Having an advocate largely depends on current circumstances and if you the eligibility criteria is met for the type of advocacy being considered.

 

Stoke-on-Trent:

IMHA - Independent Mental Health Advocacy -  To be eligible for this service you have to sectioned under the mental health act and residing in Stoke-on-Trent.

IMCA - Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy -   For specific decisions such as accommodation, serious medical treatment,  safeguarding (with protective measures), where the individual lacks mental capacity in relation to the decision (2 stage capacity assessment) and there is no-one available to consult with (family/friend).

 

DoLS and RPR -  For Individuals deprived of their liberty under the mental capacity act, for Stoke-on-Trent residents

Care Act Advocacy - Have care and support needs,  have substantial difficulty in relation to understanding the assessment process,  and undergoing a social care assessment, and no-one appropriate to speak up for the person.   Social worker has to make this referral from Stoke City Council.

Parental Advocacy - This is for parents who are undergoing assessments and open to Stoke-on-Trent City Councils children's department, where the parent has substantial difficulty in understanding the process and there is no-one appropriate to support them through, Child In Need, Child Protection and PLO and Court proceedings.

Independent NHS Complaints Advocacy - This service is for Stoke-on-Trent residents who wish to make a complaint about any part of the NHS,  this complaint has to be within 12 months of the incident occurring.

 

BME - Black and Ethnic Minorities Advocacy - This is for Stoke-on-Trent residents from the BME community who need support with health and social care related issues,  and need help to speak up.

REACH Group Advocacy -  Reach is a group advocacy project for Stoke-on-Trent residents who have learning disabilities.

 

Community Advocacy -  INFORMATION COMING SOON

Staffordshire:

IMHA - Independent Mental Health Advocacy -  To be eligible for this service you have to sectioned under the mental health act and residing in Staffordshire.

IMCA - Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy -   For specific decisions such as accommodation, serious medical treatment,  safeguarding (with protective measures), where the individual lacks mental capacity in relation to the decision (2 stage capacity assessment) and there is no-one available to consult with (family/friend).

 

DoLS and RPR -  For Individuals deprived of their liberty under the mental capacity act, for Stoke-on-Trent residents