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This page contains information and referral forms for Advocacy and Befriending


ADVOCACY

Advocacy has developed considerably over the past 10 years. In essence, the aim of advocacy remains the same, to speak up for service users' views and wishes. However, with the introduction of the Mental Capacity Act and the introduction of Independent Mental Health Advocates in to the Mental Health Act, people are often confused about which type of advocacy may benefit their service user.

 

BAMHAG provide general advocacy to people suffering from mental distress as well as statutory Independent Mental Health Advocacy and Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy.

 

Guide to Different Advocacy Services: Click Here

 

General Advocacy Services and Independent Mental Health Advocacy

If you feel someone you are working with could benefit from having advocacy support, you can ring our office to refer them. Advocates will only work with people who want their support, and as such we like people to be aware that their case is being referred to an advocate.

 

What professionals can expect from an advocate: Leaflet

 

Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy

Please click here for the specific criteria where an IMCA may be instructed.

 

The Mental Capacity Act is still a relatively new piece of legislation and as such everyone is still learning. IMCA's can only be instructed in certain circumstances and these are set out in the Mental Capacity Act Code of Practice. BAMHAG does not decide the criteria and will refer the case to another advocate within the organisation if appropriate where the criteria for IMCA is not met.

 

Please click on the links below;

 

IMCA Referral Guidance

IMCA Referral From

Roles and Responsibilities of an IMCA

 

Independent Care Act Advocacy

 

BAMHAG and Choice Advocacy will be running the pilot Independent Care Act Advocacy service jointly, and further information about which organisation is appropriate is available on the referral form. Please do not hesitate to ring if you are unsure about who to refer to or if the referral is appropriate.

 

Care Act Referral Guidance

Care Act Referral Form

Care Act Advocacy Roles and Responsibilites

Care Act Engagement Protocol

 

BEFRIENDING


JANUARY 2017 - NOTICE REGARDING BEFRIENDING SERVICE REFERRALS:

IN ORDER TO REDUCE OUR WAITING LIST WE ARE NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW REFERRALS FOR PEOPLE WHO WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A BEFRIENDER. THIS INCLUDES BOTH SELF AND THIRD PARTY REFERRALS. PLEASE CHECK THIS WEBSITE FOR UPDATES. THIS WILL NOT AFFECT VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT.

 

STOP PRESS! CURRENT VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES

 

We plan to hold our next training starting in March 2017. If you have clients who are served by either the “Bradford”,” Bradford Districts” , or, the “Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven CCG”, who are ready, and would like to become a Volunteer Befriender within their local area, please ask them to contact the Befriending Projector Coordinator ASAP.

 

Training: The course comprises of seven modules presented, one module per week, at BAMHAG’s offices. There are no examinations or formal tests. On completion, potential volunteers receive a Certificate of Achievement and be given an induction interview in order to ascertain your needs and provide feedback.

 

Course Details: The modules will be presented at BAMHAG’s Bradford office from 11:00 until 3:00pm.

 

Dates: -

Module 1:                           Thursday 2nd March 2017

Module 2:                           Thursday 9th March 2017

Module 3:                           Thursday 16th March 2017

Module 4:                           Thursday 23rd March 2017

Module 5:                           Thursday 30th March 2017

Module 6:                           Thursday 6th April 2017

Module 7:                           Thursday 13th April 2017

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We recruit, train and support a team of volunteers to befriend people aged 18-65 who are experiencing social exclusion as a result of having mental ill health.

Befriending is a way of reducing people’s social isolation while encouraging them to move towards independence.  It can be an empowering experience for volunteers too, many of whom experience mental ill health themselves.

 

If you are a professional:

Please ensure that you read our “Information for Referral Agencies” leaflet before you consider referring to our service.

In order to simplify our referral process we have replaced our old referral and registration forms with a single referral form. This may be used for either self or third party referral.

Please return completed referral forms to Jack Smith, Befriending Project Co-ordinator by post using our address below or jack.smith@bamhag.co.uk . Referrals may be completed and returned from a professional email address. However, it is essential that the person being referred is fully informed and involved in the referral process.

Once the completed referral form has been returned to us, we will register the applicant and send out an acknowledgment letter. There is usually a waiting period before the person wishing to have a befriender is matched with a suitable volunteer.

 

Please click on the following links for more information:

How Befriending Works

Information for Referral Agencies

Befriending Referral Form

Service User Information Leaflet

Volunteer Information Leaflet

Volunteer Poster