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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Author: Simon Andrews

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

Latest Events

  • Sandwell community drop-in service

    We hold a regular drop in service within Sandwell, a chance for people to come and speak with us informally to gain more information on how we might be able to support them with issues they are facing. Read more

  • Drop in service for NHS Complaints

    We hold a regular drop in service at the Bentilee Neighbourhood Centre. Read more

  • Medway Mental Health drop-in

    POhWER provides a drop-in service where you can come and talk to us about the support you need accessing Mental Health services in Medway, or having your voice heard with regards to your treatment. Read more

Latest News

  • POhWER AGM 2016 Summary

    Thursday 17th November saw our 2016 AGM take place at the Forum in Stevenage. Read on for more details about the day. Read more

  • Carers Rights Day - Islington

    Islington Carers Hub managed by Age UK Islington held an event to provide information for carers within the Islington borough. Read more

  • The Hackney Big Do 2016

    The annual Hackney Big Do took place on 26th October and was attended by service users who access learning disability services in the Hackney area. Read more