MedwaySouthern England > Medway POhWER have been operating in Medway since 2014, and over the last year we have supported over 400 clients to gain access to and have their voices heard by mental health service in Medway, people who had given up on getting the help they needed until they received the support of an advocate. POhWER are now also piloting a new service to support client’s with Learning Difficulties in the community, beginning in May 2016. We provide the following services in Medway: Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) Community Mental Health Services Community Learning Disability Advocacy Service How do I get support from an advocate? To make a referral to the advocacy services in Medway, you can download the forms below: 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 2370 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Local Resources Download the Medway IMHA leaflet (pdf) In your area Southern England Medway Minority Ethnic Mental Health Forum (MMEMHF) POhWER – Medway have run a series of events to support development of a Forum for people from Minority Ethnic Communities (MEC) who have mental health concerns. Primary aims of MMEMHF are to: Improve access and services for people with mental health needs from MEC living in Medway Establish what level of support is needed from local agencies, local authority and other key stakeholders to facilitate necessary changes in how service is provided in Medway. What have we done? We established links with over twenty local organisations, listened to Community Leaders and worked closely with Rethink (Hope Project) and Medway Minority Ethnic Forum (MEMF) to reach out to existing community groups. We asked a number of questions which included; what are the barriers that prevent people from being willing or able to access mental health services in the area? And what can be done to break these barriers down? We have reported our findings to the Local Authority along with our recommendations. Next steps: A great deal has been learnt, however attendance from people with mental health concerns or those using local mental health services has been low. We will continue to work with the Local Authority and review and evaluate our findings to establish best ways to move the project forward.