LutonCentral and East of England > Luton POhWER has been working in Luton since 2003. Last year we supported 420 people in the Town. As well as providing a range of advocacy services we also have a Community Development worker who facilitates group work for service users and drop in sessions within the community and support services. The work carried out within the groups is then fed back to the local authority and forms a part in their strategic plans for the town. From the 1st July POhWER will deliver Independent Advocacy for Alcohol & Drug Users and Their Family and Carers. We provide the following services in Luton: NHS Complaints Advocacy 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 Care Act Advocacy Community Development How do I get support from an advocate? To make a referral to the advocacy services in Luton, you can download the forms below: NHS Complaints Advocacy referral form Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA) referral form Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) 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, you can contact us on 0300 456 2364 or email [email protected]. The Luton team has a new home. As from Monday 1st August, our address is: The Disability Resource Centre, Poynters House, Poynters Road, Dunstable, LU5 4TP Local Resources Download the Luton IMHA leaflet (pdf) Download the Luton IMCA leaflet (pdf) Download the Luton NHS Complaints Advocacy leaflet (pdf) Download the Luton Community Advocacy leaflet (pdf) Download the Luton DoLS leaflet (pdf) Download the Independent Advocacy for Alcohol & Drug Users and Their Family and Carers Leaflet (pdf) MrsN Keeps her Home Read how POhWER supported Mrs N to stay in her own home and keep her independence. Read Mrs N's story here Contact us Call us on 0300 456 2364 Email us on [email protected] Find us at: The Disability Resource Centre, Poynters House, Poynters Road, Dunstable, LU5 4TP Keep Safe Luton is the first town in the Bedfordshire region to launch Keep Safe which Bedfordshire Police are leading. Keep Safe is a community safety scheme designed by and for people with learning disabilities. Keep Safe is for disabled people to get help and support when out and about and to make a phone call in case of an emergency to the police or other emergency service, to a support service or to a parent or carer if need be. Our Community Development Worker supported the launch from beginning to end starting by facilitation a consultation with service users who have learning disabilities to establish which scheme they would like to see implemented in Luton. Once this was completed it was found that the choice was unanimous across the board and the decision was passed on to Luton Borough Council and Bedfordshire Police. Once the decision was made to go ahead and Bedfordshire Police agreed to lead the scheme training was put in place by the scheme provider and our community development worker supported at the sessions which ensured everyone involved understood what they were being told and what to do if they felt unsafe when out and about. An official launch of the scheme took place at The Mall in Luton on 16th March 2016, where the service users who had been trained took the Keep Safe packs around to the shops who had agreed to take part and place the stickers in the windows. As a result of the success in Luton with this launch Bedfordshire Police are looking to launch the scheme throughout the rest of Bedfordshire.