Why Commission Us We’ve been delivering advocacy since 1998 and delivering statutory advocacy since 2005. We’re a safe pair hands and will help you to fulfil your statutory duties. You don't have to choose us, but here's just a few reasons why you should... We put people first At Advocacy Focus, we’re passionately person-centred. We work hard to help people achieve the outcomes that matter to them in their life. We believe in a ‘tell us once’ approach so that people can get the service they need from us without having to repeat themselves to countless professionals. We deliver statutory and non-statutory contracts and believe that it’s vital that non-statutory services continue in order to meet the full range of needs in our communities. We have an inspirational and dedicated team Our independent advocates are trained in all strands of advocacy and qualified to Independent Advocacy Qualification (IAQ) level so you know that you are working with the best in our sector. We have a diverse and experienced team of volunteers, with skills that complement and enhance our service offer. Many of them are Peer Advocates with lived experience of mental health. Our volunteer manager has won an award for her innovative volunteer recruitment and training programme We believe that our people are our most important resource, so we invest in training, look after their mental health and wellbeing and support them wherever we can to be the best version of themselves. Where possible we offer continuity of Advocate so that they can build positive and productive advocacy relationships with people using our service. We have an experienced senior leadership team that operate an ‘open door’ policy and promote a learning culture. We lead the way Awards aren't everything, but we're proud of them even so. We continue to challenge Local Authorities in order to deliver truly independent and effective advocacy for the benefit of people using our service. Awards and accreditations - we're proud of our haul and are continually striving for more. Thanks to nearly 20 years of experience in advocacy, the team at Advocacy Focus are often called upon to deliver training to mental health professionals, such as Best Interest Assessors (BIA), Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMPs) and even newly qualified social workers in order to help deepen their understanding of advocacy. Our mission of Advocacy for All means that we won’t rest until we can offer a free service to people when they need it the most. We actively fundraise, encourage donations and look for funding opportunities so that we can support everybody. We continuously review our processes and service offer so that we continue to deliver best practice advocacy. We are innovative and forward thinking. We are well versed in our case law and are always ahead of the game with regards to legislative changes and sector developments. We deliver quality, guaranteed By working to your exact requirements, we can promise value and quality as standard. We work closely with commissioners to shape a national advocacy response, as we firmly believe that our sector needs formal standards to adhere to. Our commissioners benefit from well-evaluated, detailed and meaningful outcome reporting. We have the advantage of strategic support (and therefore so do you) from an experienced and balanced Board of Trustees, who are prepared to challenge decisions, hold us to account, and offer invaluable advice from their place of key experience and industry standards. Listening closely to our commissioners' needs, we develop programmes that are bespoke, target-driven, and people-centred. Commission us today: Contact Us We work closely with commissioners to shape a national advocacy response: we believe our sector needs formal standards to adhere to. Commissioners benefit from detailed and meaningful outcomes reporting. We have the advantage of strategic support (and therefore so do you) from an experienced and balanced board of trustees, who are prepared to challenge decisions and offer invaluable advice. Listening closely to commissioners needs, we develop programmes that mean a disciplined delivery of service within the parameters of the commission.