Posts Tagged ‘#advocacyawarenesscampaign’

Care Act Advocacy with Mind in Salford

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Our advocacy team are visiting all social work teams, community mental health teams and safeguarding teams in Salford giving awareness briefings on our new Care Act Advocacy role.

The Care Act came into force in April 2015, bringing in a new legal framework for care and support. Welfare and involving the individual are central to the new standard, and it enshrines the role of an advocate in helping people who may have difficulty being involved and no-one appropriate to help them.

Care Act Advocacy builds on our pre-existing community advocacy role, adding a legal framework to advocacy relating to care and support needs. All our advocates are undertaking additional training to help them meet this new role.

Care providers & assessors in Salford are responsible for referring eligible people to us to make sure people have their voice heard.

ICAA LeafletVisit our Care Act Advocacy page or click on the booklet to the left to understand more about who is eligible and what help an advocate will provide.

Advocacy Awareness Campaign – An Update

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Our Advocacy Awareness campaign has been a runaway success – with referrals into the service trebling since its commencement in late June.

We have also met our target of improving the number of referrals from other agencies, and improving the number of agencies who refer to us.

We have put posters up in most GP surgeries and pharmacies that would let us – but for the moment postponed further actions to support the clients we are currently getting.

Referrals 201314Referrals in Q3 2014

The success is to such an extent that we are now looking for sessional advocates and additional funding to provide support to our existing advocates to meet the increased demand – if you are able to advocate, or know of any potential sources of funding, please let us know via

Advocacy Awareness Campaign

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Do you have something to say, but feel like no one is listening?Mind in Salford is currently trying to increase awareness of our advocacy service throughout Salford.

Putting up Posters in Mocha Parade
We’re going to every GP surgery, every pharmacy, every social services hub & every community mental health team in Salford putting up posters & leaving leaflets for the public.

We’re re-briefing adult social services teams on how our advocacy service can help people.

We’re advertising in the local CCG magazine to try and encourage GPs to refer.

Discussing Advocacy in Walkden
We’re attending council run events to encourage the public to self refer.

Graph showing Referral OriginsWhy now?

The campaign was inspired by our quarterly reporting showing very high self-referral rates, and low referral rates from other agencies.

This told us that potentially vulnerable and disenfranchised adults are having to search for our service, rather than be referred to us.

We’re hoping to make it easier for these people – by making it easier to find us and more likely they’ll be referred by someone else.