Choices Advocacy: Making Choice A Reality
Welcome to Choices Advocacy. We are a local charity providing independent advocacy and person centred planning for people living in Hampshire, Southampton and Portsmouth.
Choices Advocacy started in 1994 working with adults with a learning disability in South West Hampshire and Southampton. In 2012 Connect Advocacy joined Choices Advocacy adding Fareham, Gosport and Portsmouth and in 2014 Choices Advocacy started working in the East Hampshire Area.
Choices Advocacy is a founding member of the Hampshire Advocacy Regional Group (HARG) and works to promote advocacy practice of the highest standard. Choices Advocacy leads training and development for HARG Training a City and Guilds accredited centre delivering the Independent Advocacy Diploma. All Choices advocates are provided with training.
Choices Advocacy is a locally based charity whose trustees all live in Hampshire. Some trustees have used advocacy and person centred planning services provided by Choices and some trustees have volunteered as Choices advocates. This helps Choices Advocacy to be in touch with what local people want. Look at our latest Annual report to see what we do.
Choices Advocacy is helped by local volunteers. We also have student social workers and learning disability nurses from 4 Universities working with us. Without them we could not support as many people as we do. If you want to find out more about volunteering with Choices Advocacy please contact us.
In January 2016 we were awarded the National Advocacy Quality Performance Mark. In order for us to get the award we had to show that we are working to the national Code of Practice and that we deliver advocacy services to the highest standard. The award lasts from January 2016 until December 2018. The report from our Assessor said “The team of advocates and managers are very passionate about advocacy and its potential to support people, who are excluded from society, to have a voice”.
We always want to hear from people what you think about the work that we do. This helps us to get better at the work we do.