HounslowLondon > Hounslow POhWER has worked in Hounslow since 2006. Last year we provided advocacy support to almost 460 Hounslow residents. We offer the following services in Hounslow: Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA), including Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS). This is a statutory advocacy service to support vulnerable people who lack capacity and need to make important decisions but have no representatives as defined under the Mental Capacity Act 2005. Relevant Person’s Paid Representative (RPPR), is a service for those people (or Relevant Person) whom have been legally deprived of their liberty under the safeguards (DoLS) set out in Mental Capacity Act 2005, and have no family or friend whom can appropriately act as their representative. The role of the RPPR is to assist the Relevant Person to understand and execute their rights which includes calling a review of the DoL, or challenging the DoL or elements of it by accessing the Court of Protection, or by exercising them of behalf of the Relevant Person. Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) Community Advocacy including Advocacy under the Care Act How do I get support from an advocate? To make a referral to the advocacy services in Hounslow, you can download the forms below: Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA) referral form Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) referral form Community Advocacy referral form Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA) referral guidelines for London Borough (pdf) If you are not sure whether you can get an advocate, or for more information, advice and support in your area, please contact us on 0300 456 2370 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Local Resources Download the Hounslow IMCA leaflet (pdf) Download the Hounslow IMHA leaflet (pdf) Download the Hounslow Care Act Advocacy leaflet (pdf) Download the Hounslow Learning Disability Advocacy Service leaflet in EasyRead (pdf) Download the Hownslow Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) poster (pdf) Susy's Story Susy has a Learning Disability, and is a mother to a young son whom was on Child Protection register. Susy had mistrust of Local Authority professionals whom she felt were not listening and judging her, and her opinions were being dismissed. Susy felt entirely alone and contacted POhWER for advocacy support. Read how the Community Advocate ensured that Susy was supported to have her voice heard and empower her for the future. Read Susy's story here Free workshops for Hounslow Residents Would you like to know more about your rights and entitlements under the Care Act? Would you like to know where you can find accessible information about what assessments you are entitled to, and what will happen before, during and after those assessments? Are you a carer and would like to find out what support is there for you? POhWER Hounslow will be running a proactive workshop on two evenings each month at Hounslow Library IT suite, at the Treaty Centre starting 5.30pm from: April 2016 - January 2017 (with exception of December) on following dates: 17th and 24th May 21st and 28th June 19th and 26th July Our workshops will teach you how to find out information from CarePlace, a website which details all the information you may need for information & advice, and Hounslow Council’s online resource of local community services. Each workshop will be one hour long with half an hour after for discussion and networking, and there are 20 spaces per session for Hounslow residents so please book a place. Volunteers will be on hand to help everyone navigate their way around the website so don’t worry if you are new to IT, help will be available.