Help us to help others!
As a small local charity money and resources limit us.
Each and every person who fundraises or supports our charity enables us to offer opportunities to help people to lead more fulfilling lives.
If you would like to make a one off or regular donation, please click the donate button to the right. Here you will be asked to fill in a few personal details, and then you can make your donation using your debit or credit card.
If you would like to make a donation via cheque, then please make it payable to Independent Advocacy, and post to Unit 122 , Avenue R , Stoneleigh Park , Warks. CV8 2LG.
Of course your personal details will be kept secure and you will be given the opportunity to consent to a Gift Aid claim and keeping in touch with our work .
Our vision is to “Empower people to lead fulfilling lives” by reducing social isolation, empowering people to stand up for their rights and improve people’s self-esteem. We help people & communities build supportive networks, friendships and work together effectively for the good of all.
Just £5.00 a month would make a difference to someone’s life and help us do more for the people we support.
We have four key areas of work:-
COMMUNITY ADVOCACY MONEY LEARNING
The Community Hub has a core purpose of “working with people in communities to find innovative solutions to lessen people’s vulnerability and help them lead full and fulfilling lives”.
Listening to people is at the heart of what we do and we are committed to empowering individuals and communities to make connections and develop networks to strengthen their voices.
We are interested in hearing from people who want to connect with their communities or who want to develop skills of speaking out for themselves, their family or communities. Our team will work with people using a range of tools including Participatory Mapping sessions and co-production at a street/neighbourhood level to help people and communities develop their own solutions to identified problems.
We try to encourage communities to work together to be more caring. Some of our staff have been trained to deliver 'Training Active Bystanders' (TAB) workshops (copyrighted by Quabbin Mediation).
A bystander is a person who observes a conflict or unacceptable behaviour which they know to be destructive or likely to make a situation worse. TAB is a way to analyse harm doing situations and assists participants in discovering the positive power of being a bystander. The training defines the roles of target, harm doer and bystander. It examines inhibitors to bystander action and how to overcome them.
£ 500 could pay to deliver a TAB workshop in the community .
Advocacy is about supporting you to have your voice heard. It’s about representing your interests, enabling you to exercise your rights, maximise your options and make informed choices when faced with important decisions that affect your life. We work independently from authorities and work on behalf of our clients. We can support you by:
Listening to you, being non-judgemental, understanding your concerns, gathering all the relevant information, exploring options, evaluating and comparing possible outcomes whilst respecting your decision.
Financial independence is an important part of living a fulfilling life and our Money services are there to provide vulnerable people with the help and support that they need to remain independent. We have over 20 years’ experience of working in this field and we are authorised by the DWP to provide a Corporate Appointee service.
We operate Financial Literacy Workshops within the community covering budgeting, invoices, saving for bills, emergency funds for unexpected expenditure, and the best ways to borrow money.
£150 would allow us to run one workshop in the local community.
Charlotte Maria Shaw Mason (1842-1923)
We believe that people learn best by working together to address issues. By working together they learn from each other and develop a shared understanding of the issue that they can help others learn from. For us learning is a community activity which helps us understand each other, the contexts of our lives and what we each have to bring to make a community a happy, friendly and kind place.
£100 could pay for a volunteer to be trained as a digital champion to help isolated people to get online.
Sadly too many vulnerable people are still unable to get on-line and are digitally excluded. Even more so for people with disabilities. This lack of skills can mean that they pay more for services, as they don’t have a cost comparison, can’t access the cheaper deals, or become anxious and put off making a claim for their benefits.
We also have our own Open Badge Academy that looks to recognise and celebrate our users, staff and volunteers leaning
£1,000 could pay for the development of five community accreditation ‘badges’ for people with low level skills
In April 2020 Joe will be taking part in the London Marathon to raise money for Independent Advocacy. /
For those of you who know Joe will know what an immense challenge this will be. As a keen cricketer he is comfortable running the 22 yards of the pitch. 26.2 miles, however, is a daunting prospect, so please get behind him and the charity and give generously.
Empowering people to live fulfilling lives