HertfordshireCentral and East of England > Hertfordshire POhWER has been working in Hertfordshire since 1996. Since April 2015, the Advocacy service is provided under the Hertshelp brand in partnership with a wide range of voluntary sector organizations; including Carers in Herts (CiH), Headway, Herts Independent Living service (HILS), Hertfordshire Society for the Blind (HSB) and Viewpoint. Read the latest POhWER Hertfordshire newsletter to find out what POhWER has been up to recently in Hertfordshire. We offer the following services in Hertfordshire: HertsHelp Advice & Information Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA), including Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) and Relevant Person's Paid Representative Services (RPPR). Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) Community Advocacy Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service NHS Complaints Advocacy Brokerage Support Service Secure Services Advocacy Three Rivers Community Navigators How do I get support from an advocate? To make a referral to the advocacy services in Hertfordshire, you can download the forms below: HertsHelp Advocacy referral form HertsHelp NHS Complaints Advocacy referral form HertsHelp Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA) referral form HertsHelp Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) referral form HertsHelp Advocacy for Parents Professional referral form If you are not sure whether you can get an advocate, or for more information, advice and support in your area, you can contact us on 0300 123 4044 or email email@example.com. Local Leaflets Herts Healthy Homes Leaflet (pdf) HertsHelp Leaflet (pdf) HertsHelp EasyRead Leaflet (pdf) Download POhWER Hertfordshire newsletter issue 8 (pdf) Download POhWER Hertfordshire newsletter issue 7 (pdf) Download POhWER Hertfordshire newsletter issue 6 (pdf) HertsHelp Volunteer Poster Read how Caroline used the HertsHelp service Caroline, 86, contacted HertsHelp after seeing an article in the Horizon magazine. She felt her house was always cold in the winter, but couldn’t afford to put her heating on for very long. Read how our HertsHelp advisor helped Caroline with her problems. Read Caroline's story here Read more stories here Volunteer in Hertfordshire Throughout the year we value the support provided by volunteers across our services in Hertfordshire. We offer a supportive team environment, opportunities to learn new skills or brush up on your existing ones and a chance to gain experience in customer service, administration, IT, advocacy and communication. We regularly offer student work placements for those studying a variety of courses, including social work, health & social care, administration and customer services. Contact us if you are interested in doing your placement with us and would like to know more. See below for current volunteer opportunities: Helpline Hub Referral Assistant Helpline Assistant Advocacy Administration Assistant To apply, please complete the volunteer application form or contact us on 0300 123 4044. Read Helen's volunteer story here Read Saskia's volunteer story here Read Feedback from a Student Social Worker on Placement with POhWER Contact us Call us on 0300 123 4044 Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org Find us at: Hertlands House, Primett Road, Stevenage, SG1 3EE Tweets by @POhWERadvocacy In your area Central and East of England Dementia-friendly film season comes to Hitchin A season of dementia-friendly film screenings is coming to Hitchin, thanks to funding from the National Lottery Film Audience Network (FAN). Hitchin Film, in conjunction with advocacy charity POhWER, will host the screenings in the Studio at the Market Theatre on Sun Street. The screenings are made dementia-friendly through the use of brighter lighting, quieter sound and an interval. They seek to offer a safe space where those who live with dementia and their carers can engage with the community in a calm and happy environment. The Wetherspoons next door is also allowing drinks to be pre-ordered for the interval. Maria Meehan, who works for POhWER and volunteers for Hitchin Film, set up the initiative. She said: “We are aiming for an atmosphere that is accepting and welcoming – people can bring a blanket or a favourite cushion, a thermos flask, sandwiches and whatever is going to make them feel comfortable. I think the musicals in particular will go down well, as everyone will be able to sing along.” Tim Ray, from Hitchin Film, said: “Hitchin is a dementia-friendly town. We are so excited to have been awarded this funding as it allows us to play our part and it means Hitchin Films can strengthen their partnerships with a new community group. We want to get film used and shown across the town in as many ways and to as many groups as possible.” Jane Marland, Chair of North Hertfordshire District Dementia Action Alliance, said: “We‘re delighted that Hitchin Film and the Market Theatre have come together with advocacy group Pohwer to put on a season of dementia-friendly screenings. Actions like these send a strong and clear message that our objective of making North Herts a dementia-friendly community is achievable.” The ten pilot screenings are as follows: 11th January: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) Showgirls Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw travel to Paris, pursued by a private detective hired by the suspicious father of Lorelei's fiancé, as well as a rich, enamoured old man and many other doting admirers. 91 minutes. 25th January: On the Town (1949) Three sailors on a day of shore leave in New York City look for fun and romance before their twenty-four hours are up. 98 minutes. 8th February: Duck Soup (1933) Rufus T. Firefly is named president/dictator of bankrupt Freedonia and declares war on neighbouring Sylvania over the love of wealthy Mrs. Teasdale. 68 minutes. 22nd: Calamity Jane (1953) The story of Calamity Jane, her saloon, and her romance with Wild Bill Hickok. 101 minutes. 8th March: The Lavender Hill Mob (1951) A meek bank clerk who oversees the shipment of bullion joins with an eccentric neighbour to steal gold bars and smuggle them out of the country as miniature Eiffel Towers. 78 minutes. 15th March: Stormy Weather (1943) The relationship between an aspiring dancer and a popular songstress provides a retrospective of the great African American entertainers of the early 1900s. 78 minutes. 12th April: Jungle Book (1967) Bagheera the Panther and Baloo the Bear have a difficult time trying to convince a boy to leave the jungle for human civilization. 89 minutes. 26th April: A Hard Day’s Night (1964) A "typical" day in the life of The Beatles, including many of their famous songs. 87 minutes. 10th May: Bugsy Malone (1976) The classic gangster story of Bugsy Malone told with an all-child cast. 93 minutes. 14th June: Jailhouse Rock (1957) After serving time for manslaughter, young Vince Everett (Elvis Presley) becomes a teenage rock star. 96 minutes.