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The paid staff team are responsible for the day to day running of the organisation.
Amanda’s role is to work with the Trustees to provide leadership to the organisation, responsible for delivering and developing services. Amanda has previously worked in law, and her first contact with Speakeasy was as a volunteer advocate.
Lynda’s role is a senior practitioner, line managing and offering practice support to the team as well as provide a wide range of statutory and non statutory advocacy to vulnerable adults and children. Lynda has previously worked as a Psychiatric Nurse with people with a learning disability.
Ruth’s role is to provide project support by co-ordinating referrals and monitoring and act as the Finance Officer. Ruth has previously worked in hospitality, HR and volunteered with the Citizen’s Advice.
Ally’s role is to provide a wide range of statutory and non statutory advocacy to vulnerable adults and children. Ally has previously held senior management roles in education.
Pam is working closely with Speakeasy on developing and delivering new services, including our Hospital Avoidance and Discharge projects for people with a learning disability and autism who are at risk due to their poor mental health. Pam has previously worked as a Learning Disability Nurse with people in long stay hospital units and community placements.
An advocacy day can look like any other job – start the day by checking your phone and emails, update the case recording system and write reports or complete monitoring information. What makes it different than other jobs is that we work at your pace, building a relationship with you in the way that you want. Sometimes that means we have text conversations, or we meet in your home, or we go to a meeting with you so that people listen to what you have got to say.
We have been working collaboratively with local advocacy organisations since the 1990s. The specialist advocacy organisations in Hampshire quickly realised we could give a louder voice to the people we worked with by working together, and formed Hampshire Advocacy Reference Group or HARG. The consortium membership changed over the years to include other disabled people’s groups and larger mental health charities who were also providing advocacy. We currently work in partnership with Choices Advocacy, as well as Basingstoke Voluntary Services who provide ‘back office support’ and office space.
“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”