Welcome to POhWER

We are a charity that provides information, advocacy and advice services across England, offering direct and local support via Professionals and Volunteers. Our independent, free services reach individuals struggling with particular challenges in their lives.

Advocacy means enabling your voice to be heard, speaking for you when you can’t and supporting you when you can. Advocacy is about supporting, enabling, and empowering you to express your views and concerns and access information and services where needed.

If you feel you need to talk to someone about how our services can help you where you live, please click on the 'Make a referral' button below, or call 0300 456 2370.

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Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA)

An IMHA is an independent advocate who is specially trained to work within the framework of the Mental Health Act to support people to understand their rights under the Act and participate in decisions about their care and treatment. Read more about this service.

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Author: Elizabeth Beake

Community Advocacy

Community Advocacy is for people who need support to deal with an issue they are facing and want help to speak up for themselves or be listened to. Read more about this service.

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Author: Simon Andrews

Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA)

An Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA) can support someone who is not able to make certain decisions about their lives for themselves and has no suitable family or friends to speak for them. Read more about this service.

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Author: Elizabeth Beake

Secure and Complex Advocacy Services

We provide face to face advocacy to people with a wide range of disabilities in a range of secure settings across the country including Medium and Low Secure units, Brain Injury, residential and CAMHS settings. Read more about this service.

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Author: Simon Andrews

NHS Complaints Advocacy

NHS Complaints Advocacy can support anyone who is unhappy with the care or treatment they or someone they know has received from the NHS and is thinking about making a complaint. Read more about this service.

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Author: Simon Andrews

Direct Payments

Our Direct Payment Support Services help people to understand the process for being assessed and awarded a direct payment and we provide information and practical support to help people to manage their direct payment. Read more about this service.

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Care Act Advocacy

Care Act advocates support people who need support to be involved in decisions their local council is making about their care and support but do not have family or friends to help them. Read more about this service.

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Author: Simon Andrews

Information, Advice and Advocacy Support Centre (iAASC)

The Information, Advice & Advocacy Support Centre (iAASC) provides support to clients, professionals and other stakeholders. Our information, advice and advocacy support officers can provide help and support with many different areas such as referrals, signposting and general information & advice.

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Author: Simon Andrews

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  • Medway Mental Health Minority Ethnic Forum

    POhWER operates the Medway Minority Ethnic Mental Health forum, a forum to allow people from different communities to come together to receive support and help shape the services they receive. Read more

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