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We aim to provide advocacy support to as many vulnerable children young people and adults as possible throughout Hampshire. Unfortunately this can’t always happen as we are dependent on funding from grants and contracts which are usually limited to a fixed time period, a specific location or group of people. We keep our website updated so that everyone can see the current situation.
We keep all of your information confidential including the things you tell us about unless you give us permission to share, or you or another person is in danger. Our advocates will explain this at your first meeting, and will give you a copy of your information sharing form which is sometimes known as GDPR. The advocate will also explain our Safeguarding policy, and where possible we will involve you in any disclosures we need to make if you or someone else is in danger. All of our staff are DBS and reference checked before they start working.
Subject to funding, we aim to offer advocacy to any vulnerable child young person or adult in Hampshire through our ‘Advocacy Safety Net’ project. This project is for people who are finding it hard to access the right care and support either because they fall in between gaps in services or there are barriers in the way of them getting the help they need. Even if we don’t have funding for this project, we will try and signpost you to at least one local organisation who can help you. Please note that from April 2020 the commissioned advocacy service in Hampshire for statutory advocacy is provided by VoiceAbility.
“Being part of the self advocacy groups has really helped me settle into Basingstoke after moving here a year ago.”
“Thanks for confirming [the referral]. To reiterate what I said in my last email, the service provided so far from Speakeasy has been very helpful and much appreciated.”
The weight loss charts the advocate did with me have helped me eat the right foods. It’s made a real difference to my life I have never felt so happy. It’s stopped me going back to the dark place (self harm).”
“Thanks for your quick response. I rang the family to say I had made the referral and they said the advocate was seeing them the next day!”
“I have heard such great things about your Advocacy Safety Net Project from the Social Prescribers, it will be such a shame if it can’t continue”
“Without you I am not sure where I could have gone, or what would have happened”
‘Thank you for all your support with K as I haven’t a clue where to start with finding employment opportunities and helping them become more independent, I am struggling with day to day issues that K presents’.
“Thank you so much for persevering with us, we really appreciate you checking in with us over a period of time. So many other services are quick to ‘close your case’ and you have to chase them up”
“Thank you very much for all your time, effort and support; it has meant a lot and helped me immensely.”
Many thanks for all your help and support with all our patients that we have referred to you and I hope that Speakeasy are able to get hold of some more funds as your services are amazing.’
“I am impressed with how much you have achieved for people living in the Hart & Rushmoor area, I’m surprised what you have done with a small team! Amazing work unpicking the issues that others didn’t understand or have time to explore”