Advocacy Stories

Students

I am a second year social work student from the University of Huddersfield, currently conducting my 70-day placement with Cloverleaf Advocacy in Tameside.

I am excited to have this opportunity as advocacy, like social work, holds values such as empowerment and social justice, so this...

I undertook a placement with Cloverleaf back in 1999/2000 as part of my Social Work degree. I thoroughly enjoyed the placement and learned so much. The biggest piece of learning was that when Roger (the managing director) spoke, it was always worth listening to, and also that whatever my career...

My name is Jessica Burford and I am a third year student at Manchester Metropolitan University.  As part of the Q-Step programme I...

Paul Hatton completed his 70 days social worker placement...

Self-Advocacy

Hello, my name is Mildred.

 

Six years ago I wouldn’t speak to anyone, even when I was having some difficulties.  I didn’t know where to get help from, and one of my support workers suggested that I ask an advocate to help me.

At this time I didn’t feel that ‘professionals’...

Marion's story

The staff at my house had tried to explain that L*** (the company they work for) had lost the tender to another company.  I didn’t understand what it meant. 

Staff explained in a way I could understand a bit better and then I was really worried.

A social...

Community Advocacy

James is aged 76, and has been diagnosed with dementia.

Whilst in hospital, he was referred to Cloverleaf, and Sam, an advocate, went out to visit him. James told Sam that he wanted to separate from his wife, Linda, and live independently from her. He also told Sam that Linda was taking...

 

Dean goes to a Cloverleaf self-advocacy group.

He knew the time was coming around again, where he had to renew his bus pass. Dean told his self-advocacy group he needed to make an appointment with the doctors, to get a letter of support for the bus pass application. Dean has to...

Carers

Julie had suffered from a brain haemorrhage and was struggling to continue to care for her mother, who lives with her and suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease.

Julie’s mum had a social worker but she felt their relationship was poor, and that the social worker was not listening to her or...

Volunteers

 

I have been with Barnsley Advocacy Service since its inception in 2014, after taking early retirement. I initially supported at 1 group session a week - this soon increased to 2.

The first session is now called Wednesday's Voice, supporting people with learning...

 

When I first needed help, I got myself an advocate called Julie to help me. Julie came to see me and then did her best to help me, she is a lovely lady. Julie then told me a lot more about Cloverleaf Advocacy - and told me about volunteering and helping out others, and so I said yes, as...

My name is Richard Umpleby and I have come to volunteer with Cloverleaf Advocacy as support for the administrator. My reason for volunteering is so that I can gain skills in an office based position as this is something I enjoy and...

Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA)

Jade - an IMCA (Independent Mental Capacity Advocate), was instructed to support decision-making around a change of accommodation for Sonya - an older lady with dementia.

Sonya was in hospital at the time of referral. She met the criteria for an IMCA, as she had been assessed as lacking...

Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA)

Advocate Hannah was approached by Laura during a drop-in session at a mental health unit. Laura is 23 and detained under Section 3 of the Mental Health Act.

Laura was upset as she was not getting her agreed escorted S17 leave, due to ongoing staff shortages. During a recent incident where...

Naz, a Cloverleaf Advocate, introduced advocacy to James during a ward surgery. James was concerned as his consultant was attributing many of his autistic traits (sensitive hearing, reluctance to engage with staff etc) exclusively to an underlying mental health condition.

In subsequent...