Groups to provide advocacy support in Portsmouth

Toby Meredith (Media Porduction Manager, University of Portsmouth), Liz Hawes (Research Nurse, Portsmouth Hospital NHS Trust), and Simon Toh (Consultant Surgeon, Portsmouth Hospital NHS Trust)

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TWO groups are working together to support people and give them a voice.

Solent Mind and Choices Advocacy will work in partnership to deliver high-quality services across the Portsmouth area.

Helen Roberts, Solent Mind’s head of advocacy, said: ‘Our service has expanded greatly over the past few years, allowing us to provide mental health advocates in a wide variety of settings and locations.

‘In the last year we responded to over 1,500 referrals from clients with a range of needs.

‘We’re delighted to now be able to work in Portsmouth.’

Allison Flack, chief executive of Choices Advocacy, added: ‘This is an exciting opportunity to be working together to provide independent advocacy services to people in Portsmouth.’

Portsmouth Advocacy offers a range of free services, including Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, Care Act and some community advocacy, as well as support to vulnerable people living in Portsmouth.