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We aim to provide advocacy support to as many vulnerable children young people and adults as possible throughout Hampshire. As we are dependent on funding from grants and contracts, sometimes this project is limited to a fixed time period, a specific location or group of people. From October 2023 we only have limited funding for this project.
Subject to funding, we aim to offer advocacy to any vulnerable child young person or adult in Hampshire who is 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. We meet with you in person or virtually and listen, work out what you need help with and support you to access the right support and service. This can include signposting to local organisations, requesting that organisations make reasonable adjustments as well as attending meetings with you. Click here to view a short film about the difference this project is making to people in Hampshire.
We can take referrals directly from people and their families – you can call, email or text us as well as contacting us through the website. Professionals and services working with people who are struggling to engage can also make referrals through the website. We will check all referrals for eligibility to the Hampshire commissioned advocacy service and if necessary help you access this service. Where we have limited funding for this project, we will try and signpost you to at least one local organisation.
“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”