seAp Advocacy receives £558,000 from LIBOR fines to expand its Military Advocacy Service
We are delighted to announce that we have received funding from HM Treasury LIBOR banking fines to provide advocacy support for Veterans who face a complex mixture of health, housing, financial, family and social problems. Our specialist advocates support Veterans to navigate the range of services that are available to them and offer practical help to improve their quality of life, health and wellbeing. Our application was based on seAp’s very successful Thames Valley Military Advocacy Service (mAs) which has supported veterans to gain in confidence and self-reliance, see improvements in their mental health, have their rights under the Armed Forces Covenant better understood by other services and see increases in their household income through successful claims for benefits or financial support. We look forward to expanding the service to Plymouth & East Cornwall, Essex, Wiltshire, North Hampshire and East Berkshire in April 2017. The funding will allow the service to operate for 3 years.
Our CEO, Marie Casey, says that “advocacy support compliments all the great work done by military charities and we look forward to working in partnership with those charities to provide tailored support to those veterans with the greatest need.”
Our clients say: “My advocate has gone out of his way to understand my illness and difficulties and I am truly grateful for all the support he has given me. He has given me hope, courage and empowered me to find coping mechanisms and ways to challenge difficult situations.”
“I felt there was no help or no point in carrying on. I suffer with severe anxiety and have been unable to receive support from professionals as attending appointments is just too much for me. My advocate has provided excellent care throughout and shown understanding, compassion, choice, continuity of care and courage as he has challenged professionals on my behalf, which is something I feel I cannot do.”
These funds are allocated to Armed Forces and Emergency Services charities and other related good causes that demonstrate the very best of values.
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Notes to Editors
seAp is an independent charity that specialises in the provision of advocacy and related services. High quality independent advocacy services support people, especially those who are most vulnerable in society, to have their voice heard, access their rights and have more control over their lives.
seAp was founded in 2002 but its predecessors began delivering advocacy services in Hastings in 1994 as part of Hastings Voluntary Action. seAp is now one of the largest charities in Hastings and provides advocacy services across the South of England from Essex to Kent and across to the Isles of Scilly.
Advocacy support is provided through well-trained and highly-motivated advocates who enable their clients to express themselves, ensuring that everyone who uses health and social care services can have their voice heard on issues that are important to them.
Staff are committed to the central advocacy principles of independence, confidentiality and empowerment.
Training is provided for advocates, volunteers and professionals who need to understand the role of advocacy in health and social care services.
seAp stands for the following values:
Supporting people to express their views and wishes, especially those who are vulnerable, isolated or marginalised.
Empowering people to have their voice heard so that they can access their rights and take a central role in decisions that are made about their lives.
Advocates on behalf of our clients to ensure that their views influence the planning, delivery and development of services that affect their lives.
Promoting the value of advocacy by sharing our knowledge, experience and values with others and championing the involvement of service-users in the design and delivery of health and social care services.