About Us

Who we are

Cloverleaf Advocacy is an independent charity established in 1995, based in the North of England.  Our services support over 8,000 people each year.

We provide high quality advocacy services to people with mental health needs, learning disabilities, older people, people with physical and sensory impairment, and carers. This includes people in hospitals, secure mental health units and residential homes.

'Advocacy' is all about helping people to control their own lives.

We support people to make their own decisions, have their voices heard, their rights respected and to achieve their own goals. We support people to say what they want, even when other people may not agree with their decisions.

We work with individuals, carers, groups, communities and service providers, to help people reach their goals and become healthier, happier, more active, involved and independent and to

 

  • be in control of decisions about their life
  • express their views
  • set up or join a group
  • resolve problems with their care and treatment
  • make sure their rights are respected.

 

We help people to understand and be involved in health & social care processes that affect them, and aim to reduce people’s dependency on statutory services. People who use our services and their carers are at the heart of our organisation. 

 

Our Services

Most of our work is carried out through a one-to-one confidential relationship between the advocate and the person they are working with.  We also work alongside people and communities to build local sustainable networks. 

We can assist people in learning how to control, plan and manage their own lives, including setting and achieving goals. Our groups and workshops help people to support each other in the community and in health & social care settings. We have helped develop alternative, person-centred systems of community support which are sustainable, independent and locally owned.  We believe that peer-led services are best-placed to deliver holistic solutions, so people can enjoy fuller lifestyles and reduce dependency on professional services.  

We also undertake one-off pieces of work and you can buy in our services for anything that is not currently commissioned. We’re always interested in new initiatives, sharing good practice and developing networks and partnerships.

Some of the services we offer are listed some below. (Not all services are available in all areas so please check here for services currently on offer in your area)

General advocacy Supporting people to have their voices heard in a range of social care or health related decisions
NHS Complaints Advocacy Supporting members of the public to independently address NHS-funded care or treatment that they are unhappy with
Independent Mental Health Advocacy - IMHA Supporting the rights of people subject to detention or restrictions under the Mental Health Act
Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy - IMCA Supporting people who lack capacity to make specific decisions -  about where they live, serious medical treatment, safeguarding or care reviews, to get the best outcome for them
Advocacy under the Care Act Supporting people who have substantial difficulty to be involved in social assessments, reviews and support planning, as well as safeguarding processes
Carers Count Projects supporting and promoting the wellbeing, rights and interests of carers, including advice, advocacy, groups and befriending

Self-advocacy 

Groups to support people to speak up for themselves. 

Involvement groups for people with learning disabilities include:

Talking Lincs - covering North Lincolnshire

Kirklees Involvement Network

Calderdale Self-Advocacy Network

Involvement groups for people with dementia include:

'Remember Me' groups in Barnsley and Kirklees - supporting people with dementia to make choices, build confidence and remember and tell their life stories 

Here 2 There Travel Training

One-to-one person-centred training to vulnerable people aged 14 and above, so that they are able to make specific journeys on their own (for example to college or a group)
Advocacy for parents in Kirklees

Advocacy for parents with learning disabilities who are involved in child care proceedings

Lead the Way Calderdale A community-based advice & support service helping people to stay healthy and independent in their own community. The project supports people and their carers to find the right services to meet their needs
Volunteering

Opportunities to volunteer with Cloverleaf in a range of roles

Training and City & Guilds Qualifications

Cloverleaf Connect is a City & Guilds centre delivering a range of health & social care qualifications including Level 3 City & Guilds Diploma in Independent Advocacy.  We also offer a range of trainnig courses and can work with you to develop bespoke training for your organisation.

Please click on the links above for more information or call us on 01924 454 875

Alternatively, you can email us: enquires@cloverleaf-advocacy.co.uk