Bedford BoroughCentral and East of England > Bedford Borough 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: NHS Complaints Advocacy referral form Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA) referral form Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) referral form Community Advocacy (including the Care Act) 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. We have a dedicated email address for the deaf community in Bedford to use: email@example.com or you can contact us by text by sending the word ’pohwer’ with your name and number to 81025 Local Resources Download the Bedford Borough IMCA Leaflet (pdf) Download the Bedford Borough IMHA Leaflet (pdf) Download the Bedford Borough NHS Complaints Leaflet (pdf) Download the Bedford Borough Community Advocacy Leaflet (pdf) Download the Guide for Alerters by Bedford Borough Council (pdf) 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 Read more stories here In your area Central and East of England POhWER continues to support local people in Bedfordshire POhWER is delighted to announce that we have secured a new contract to deliver advocacy in Bedfordshire for at least a further three years. As well as offering the full range of statutory advocacy services we will be offering independent advocacy and advice under the Care Act. Our new local Community Navigator will be delivering a truly local service, offering an information and advice service to vulnerable adults, as well as signposting people onwards to other local general and specialist providers, where appropriate. We can take referrals from any organisation or individual, including self referrals.