POhWER is a charity which provides information, advice, support and advocacy to people who experience disability, vulnerability, distress and social exclusion.
We believe our role is:
To enable our clients' voices to be heard, speaking for them when they can't and supporting them when they can.
POhWER is committed to working in a confidential and person-centred way – being professional, respectful, reliable, honest and independent. All our services are free.
We work with local councils and NHS organisations across England to ensure their service users and patients receive independent support to understand their rights, get the care and treatment they need and make their wishes known. We also provide independent advocacy in secure settings such as prisons, mental health hospitals and residential units in England and Scotland.
We work with people with disabilities and conditions which prevent or make it difficult for them to speak up for themselves. This includes people with learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, mental health issues, dementia, acquired brain injuries, physical disabilities and sensory impairments. We also work with people at times and in situations when they are vulnerable such as when they are ill, caring for someone or have been bereaved.