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On our website you will find:

  • Details of our information, advice, brokerage, direct payment and advocacy services,

  • The services we provide in your area,

  • Self help information and toolkits,

  • Information on how to become a volunteer,

  • Ideas about raising funds for POhWER,

  • Information on how to become a member of POhWER,

  • Details on how you can have your say, locally and nationally,

  • Information about working with us,

  • News items,

POhWER news

Joshua Wills

Since 2012, Jenna, a POhWER advocate, has been supporting Josh and his family in their continued fight to get Josh home. Josh was detained under a Section 3 of the Mental Health Act 1983. Prior to his admission, Josh was being nursed on a paediatric ward with his parents by his side every day.

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About POhWER

POhWER is a charity and membership organisation. We provide information, advice, support and advocacy to people who experience disability, vulnerability, distress and social exclusion.

Our services are designed by service users for service users. Last year we provided direct advocacy to over 18,000 people and handled 146,000 contacts for information and advice. Over 70,000 self help materials were downloaded from our website.

POhWER is one of the largest providers of advocacy services in the UK and England's largest provider of NHS Complaints Advocacy.

POhWER Hertfordshire Shout About It event

Please come to our FREE event on Friday 5th September at Stevenage Leisure Centre 11am to 4pm. We are calling the event Shout About It because the last few years have been really tough due to the cuts in funding, changes in benefits, changes in laws and services.

There are lots of organisations in Hertfordshire that provide really good information, support and services. We wanted to come together to shout about the work that we do, the difference we make in peoples lives and for people who don’t know about any of our services to help them to find out more about what we do and how we could help them. Read more

Have your say

We are keen to hear from people who use our services, from carers, from our volunteers, our members and our funders.

To make sure we are doing the things people who use health or social care services want us to do, we need to talk to and listen to them. This will help us to make sure we are offering the right local services.

Find out more about how to support POhWER locally.

POhWER Patron, Lorraine Kelly

Lorraine Kelly

'I am proud to be a Patron of POhWER, a charity which helps people to find their voice, make their case, get the care and support they need and see wrongs put right'.