Chris Shaw – Advocacy in Wirral (CEO) Barbara Edwards – NHS Wirral Sean Harrington – Wirral CABx. Driver Docs such as A better future in mind and A new vision for mental health … offered such weighty support to our aspirations at AiW by their Advocating…
Chris Shaw – Advocacy in Wirral (CEO)
Barbara Edwards – NHS Wirral
Sean Harrington – Wirral CABx
Driver Docs such as A better future in mind and A new vision for mental health … offered such weighty support to our aspirations at AiW by their Advocating…
A movement away from the dominance of the medical model….Experts by experience taking a strategic leadership role…..Power relationships need to shift in order to give real self-determination…widening the availability of advocacy services .…expanding the role of the voluntary sector to increase accessibility and appropriateness .…a positive approach to the mental well-being of the whole population .… creating conditions conducive to good mental health ….increasing early recognition of problems and preventing escalation of problems to crisis point….Offering advice from an advocate … Moving away from the expert/patient paradigm
AiW’s Journey 1992 - 2005
Founded in 1992 by Lilian Baker (Chair) and a group of 4 other service users.
We were entrusted with our first Wirral Borough Council contract in 1993 – continuously funded by WMBC ever since
By April 2005 AiW’s projects were:
General Community Advocacy
LSC Welfare Benefits advice
Hospital In-Patient Advocacy (via Lottery funding)
6 paid staff (5wte’s).
2005 - 2009
When I arrived at AiW in 2005 – The whole landscape was changing and expressions such as User Led and 3rd Sector were beginning to be terms that would be spoken about positively - and not just tokenistically
PCT Commissioners were being actively encouraged to develop links and relationships with Voluntary and Community Sectors – and on Wirral – (almost) undertaking an ethnography to immerse themselves in the issues and working environments of the local 3rd and community sector.
Our Service Model 2009 ..
The PCAL Partnership
Back in 2005 - I could see straight away that there was a “therapeutic value” to our advocacy projects.
The chance to test the marrying together of advocacy/advice and rudimentary talking therapy came as a result of meeting Sean Harrington (in 2006) from Wirral CABx – This project was solely for Primary Care services and people with Depression and Anxiety (Mild/Moderate)..
This innovative blend of of skills led to a truly 21st century Person Centred support model – that works very well indeed!
Barbara Edwards - Commissioning Intentions
So – I hope that this has given a view of our recent successful experiences and how innovative project ideas – if they are worthwhile and able to demonstrate the meeting of needs and prove their outcomes – can, with brave commissioning support, lead to new ways of supporting mental health without the need to overtly pathologise human mental distress or necessarily follow tired old dogmas and restrictive models.
Thank-you for listening