Bedford Borough

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POhWER has been delivering advocacy Bedford Borough since 2003 and has offered a full range of advocacy services since 2011.  The team is supported by about 30 skilled and knowledgeable volunteer citizen advocates.

We offer the following services in Bedford Borough:

    • 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


How do I get support from an advocate?

To make a referral to the advocacy services in Bedford Borough, you can download the forms below:

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].

We have a dedicated email address for the deaf community in Bedford to use: [email protected] or you can contact us by text by sending the word ’pohwer’ with your name and number to 81025

With the introduction of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), POhWER has reviewed the way we use and store personal information. For more information please check out our privacy policy.


Local Resources


Ms Z helped to make a complaint against an NHS provider

Read how Ms Z was supported by POhWER to make a complaint and have her voice heard.

Read Ms Z's story here

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