ShropshireWest Midlands > Shropshire POhWER has provided advocacy services in Shropshire since 2006. We offer the following service in Shropshire: Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA), including Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) How do I get support? To make a referral to the advocacy service in Shropshire, you can download the form below: Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA) 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 Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA) leaflet (pdf) Visit our Empohwer West Midlands Facebook page for local information & resources 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.