Shropshire West Midlands > Shropshire POhWER has provided the IMCA service in Shropshire since 2006 and last year we received over 200 referrals. POhWER has provided the Direct Payments Support Service in Shropshire since February 2012. We offer the following services in Shropshire: Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA), including Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) 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. Direct Payments Support and Advice Service where Direct Payment Advisors support individuals to consider receiving their personal budget as a Direct Payment so that they can fund their own care. Advisors will support with all aspects of setting up a Direct Payment account and employing Personal (care) Assistants (PA) where needed. POhWER has a website dedicated to supporting Employers to find a PA, and PAs to find work. This can be found at find-a-pa.com How do I get support? To make a referral to the advocacy services in Shropshire, you can download the forms below: Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA) referral form Shropshire Direct Payments 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 [email protected]. Local Resources Download the Shropshire IMCA leaflet (pdf) Download the Shropshire Direct Payments leaflet (pdf) Download the Shropshire Council Adult Social Car Local Account 2015-16 (pdf) A Change of Accommodation is Needed Diana was entitled to IMCA support in a decision which was being taken as regards her future accommodation. Read how the IMCA ensured that Diana’s rights under the Mental Capacity Act were upheld and provided independent representation. Read Diana's story here Anne, a lady with severe learning disabilities, lived with her sister that managed her Direct Payments (DP). POhWER received a referral to support the ladies as the Independent Living Fund had funded this until their closure. Read Anne's story here In your area West Midlands Anne's and her sisters Direct Payments story Anne's Direct Payments story Anne and her sister had issues with obtaining the correct Direct Payment (DP) funding, as there was no audit done before the transfer of information to Shropshire council so they were waiting for their documents for over 12 months. This caused confusion and upset to Anne's sister that had no idea what to do, she was already suffering from exhaustion and poor health herself. POhWER supported by attending a meetings with a social worker; it became obvious that there was a shortfall in the amount of funding that was being provided to cover the care package. With the support from POhWER the DP advisor gained the confidence of the sisters and opened up a Just Credit Union bank account for the DP payment to be received, along with a payroll system and insurance to employ a personal assistant. The re-costing of the care package allowed for the national minimum wage to be paid for night shifts - giving the full support that was needed.