We are an independent Advocacy Service which has been working in the Isle of Man since 2000 to support adults with learning disabilities to have a separate voice in their own lives.
The main areas in which we are currently active are:
- Supporting advocacy groups and the development of self-advocacy
- Person-centred planning and the promotion of this approach
- Individual pieces of work
- Supporting parents who have learning disabilities
- Promoting an advocacy presence in policy-making forums
- Promoting the increased involvement of and consultation with people with learning disabilities
- Promoting discussion regarding how people with learning disabilities will be supported in living valued lives
As an organisation, we were founded in 1973 with just one service in West Sussex. We now support around 3,000 people, work in over 300 locations across England and Wales and employ over 3,500 staff.
As well as providing support, we run campaigns to raise awareness and to lobby for change on key issues, run fundraising appeals and events, and provide guidance and information via our website, as well as through various publications.