Giving you a VOICE
Supporting you to access your RIGHTS
Being be part of your COMMUNITY
We are an independent, community based advocacy organisation that has been providing advocacy in Basingstoke since the mid 1990s.
In April 2014 we expanded to cover Andover & Test Valley and Winchester & District areas of Hampshire. In December 2015 we began working in Hart & Rushmoor.
We are a User Led Organisation as all of our Trustees have experience of services directly or as family carers.
"My advocate helps me speak up in the meetings about my children. I am better at saying what I think now. I have more confidence to tell the social worker and the school my point of view"
"I have never voted before but because of the work we have done at Friday Network I voted for the first time in the general election!"
"Thank you for coming to my son's meeting. He has now got the support he needs"
"My Person Centred Plan has really helped me think about what I want to do with my life. I didn't want to talk about money with my support worker before, but now I'm excited as we are planning my big treat!"
"We are really pleased with Speakeasy and want to you to continue to be involved with our son."
"It was really useful to have an advocate at the meeting who knew about the Mental Capacity Act and could remind other professionals that decisions had to be made in the person's best interests"
"Thank you for all your assistance you have offered us in dealing with our clients - it has helped us provide better quality services to our clients and ensure their needs are met"
"Coming to the group has helped me so much. I have found out I can get support and my advocate asked Adult Services and the Health Team to meet with me. I am now getting help with things to make life better."
"I honestly cannot thank you enough for all of your time and effort on my behalf....Speakeasy is such a wonderful organisation and I am so thankful I have access to such a great thing."
"All professionals present [at the Safeguarding meeting] were very impressed with the advocate's work and communication with the person who has very complex needs. Under extremely difficult circumstances the advocate has managed to build a positive relationship with the person"
"Young people will have the chance to improve their prospects and aspirations as a result of Speakeasy Advocacy"
South West Regional Grant Officer
"Speakeasy has given us a safe place to grow and get more confident in our group."