BirminghamWest Midlands > Birmingham POhWER has worked in Birmingham since 2006. Last year we provided advocacy support to almost 800 Birmingham residents. We offer the following services in Birmingham: Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA), including Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) and Relevant Person's Paid Representative Service (RPPR) which 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. Community Mental Health Advocacy. This service is for people who live in Birmingham and are accessing adult mental health services from mental health teams and organisations. This service is also for people who wish to access or are in the process of accessing these services. Volunteering in Birmingham and surrounding areas. If you would like to apply all you need to do is fill in the online application form and a member of our volunteer team will contact you to talk to you in more detail about local volunteer opportunities in your area. How do I get support from an advocate? To make a referral to the advocacy services in Birmingham, you can download the forms below: Birmingham Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA) referral form Community Advocacy referral form 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 Birmingham IMCA leaflet (pdf) Download the Birmingham IMHA leaflet (pdf) Kathy's Story Kathy was entitled to IMCA support in a decision which was being taken as regards her future accommodation. Read how the IMCA ensured that Kathy’s rights under the Mental Capacity Act were upheld and provided independent representation. Read Kathy's story here In your area West Midlands IAASC welcomes Sen (Special education needs) volunteer IAASC has recently welcomed a young gentleman from a special education centre to help us at our POhWER Birmingham office. The story begins one evening when 2 ex-colleagues decided to have a catch up/reunion recently to see how things were going since they last saw each other. They got to talking about their working life and what had changed since the last time they saw each other. One of these colleagues happened to be a regional manager for POhWER. They discussed their respective jobs and, as it happened, they discovered their offices were within a stones throw of each other! An initial meeting was set up with the manager of the vocational centre and the regional manager from POhWER to discuss how mutually beneficial it would be for both parties to work in partnership with each other, with POhWER offering a volunteer placement opportunity, and the manger of the vocational centre providing the volunteer. After the initial meeting, the centre manager loved what had been proposed and agreed that a service user from the centre would visit the Birmingham IAASC team as a volunteer on a weekly basis, 2 days a week for a few hours. The volunteer has now done a couple of weeks at IAASC and seems to like it and the tasks he has been set. When a volunteer comes to work at POhWER they are treated as any other staff member would be, so will have supervisions and one to one sessions. This gives them the opportunity to discuss what they would like to achieve here at POhWER. They are also encouraged to discuss their future plans in terms of their goals and we try to help them as best we can to achieve this during the time they are with us. This will enable us to develop their skills and help them achieve their goals. After each session, we have an informal chat about what tasks the volunteer has enjoyed and what they found challenging. We then establish what tasks worked well and what tasks need improving so that POhWER can identify developments for future volunteers wanting to work here and also for that particular volunteer. This ensures they are listened to and makes working at POhWER as a volunteer one of the best experiences they have ever had. We also like to encourage the individual development and progression of volunteers so they can achieve the very best working experience within POhWER. This can then be applied to any future employment opportunities they wish to progress in. With this current partnership, we are looking at working further with the Calthorpe Trust to see how we can best develop our Sen Volunteers, enabling them to go out into an office environment with the skills and resources they need, so they will not be nervous just because they have a learning disability, but will be able to confidently perform the various office tasks they are given. In working together to develop the Sen volunteers, we are empowering them as individuals who will have the confidence to do anything they set their minds to. What started as a leisurely get together outside of work between 2 ex-colleagues has now turned into a positive working partnership between the Birmingham branch (IAASC) of POhWER and a special education centre. A partnership that we are very passionate to keep going, as we look to gain more volunteers from the centre.