POhWER is a charity and membership organisation. We provide information, advice, support and advocacy to people who experience disability, vulnerability, distress and social exclusion.
POhWER was set up in 1996 and was developed by service users who, tired of others making assumptions about their capabilities and views, wanted equal access to information and a voice of their own.
Reflecting our origins, the majority of our Board are people who fall into the terms of the Equality Act and our membership is largely drawn from people who have used our services.
Our services are designed by service users for service users. Last year we provided direct advocacy to over 19,000 people and 35,000 downloaded information from our website. POhWER is one of the largest providers of advocacy in the UK.
We regularly work with:
- People who feel they have been let down by the NHS and want to make a complaint,
- Older people,
- People with mental health issues,
- People with sensory impairment,
- People with physical disabilities,
- People with learning disabilities,
- Children and young people,
- People with autism,
- People whose first language is not English,
- People who have experienced discrimination or exclusion.
We aim to enable people to have information, choice and control over decisions that affect their lives, no matter what their needs.