Cloverleaf Advocacy works closely with a number of partners to build sustainable networks and engage with local communities to support individuals to be independent and to have their voices heard.
We also aim to provide learning opportunities to liberate and enable people to take control of planning and managing their own lives, setting and achieving their aspirations. Supporting each other, the individuals and groups we work with have developed alternative, asset based and person-centred systems of support which are independent and locally owned.
n-compass, Pohwer and Cloverleaf are founding members of The Advocacy People, a national alliance of like-minded advocacy providers who work together to share policy and best practice to enhance the local delivery of all advocacy services. We deliver services across over 80 local authorities in the UK, providing comprehensive scope for developing and sharing of national policy, best practice, methodologies and infrastructure which enables advocates to share knowledge and build specialist skills.
Cloverleaf delivers the Carers Count service in Kirklees, working in partnership with Age UK in Calderdale and Kirklees, Mencap in Kirklees and Volunteering Kirklees. We also deliver a volunteer-led carers breaks service - 'Time for Me' - in partnership with Carers Trust Mid Yorkshire.
Delivering Care Act Advocacy in York
Cloverleaf work in partnership with York Advocacy (lead partner), Older Citizens Advocacy York (OCAY), Age UK and York Carers Centre to deliver Care Act Advocacy in York. This was commissioned as a pilot project from 1st April 2015 to 31st March 2016
Manchester Metropolitan University - Q-Step programme
Q-Step is a £19.5 million programme designed to promote a step-change in quantitative social science training. Over a five-year period from 2013, fifteen universities across the UK are delivering specialist undergraduate programmes, including new courses, work placements and pathways to postgraduate study. Expertise and resources will be shared across the higher education sector through an accompanying support programme, which will also forge links with schools and employers. Q-Step was developed as a strategic response to the shortage of quantitatively-skilled social science graduates. It is funded by the Nuffield Foundation, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).
Cloverleaf is working in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University by hosting a student to undertake research to compare the demographics of clients in Tameside and Barnsley against the advocacy service provided to the local BME population. There is overwhelming existing research that highlights that people from some black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds are more likely to use crisis mental health care. Racism, poor mental health services and stigma are often cited as the reasons for this inequality. Overall BME populations have until now experienced poorer health and barriers to accessing certain services. The data collected through this research will enable Cloverleaf to determine a baseline to make service improvements through ensuring:
- equal access via appropriate information;
- access to services that are relevant, timely, and sensitive to the person’s needs;
- ALL clients are able to use the service with ease, and have confidence that they will be treated with respect.
Sheffield Citizens Advice
We work in partnership with Sheffield Citizens Advice (lead partner) to deliver IMCA services across Sheffield and Doncaster. The partnership also provides IMCA, IMHA, Care Act and general advocacy in Barnsley, where Cloverleaf are the lead partner.
Barnsley Advocacy Service, Berneslai Homes and South Yorkshire Credit Union
Barnsley Advocacy Service was granted funding for digital technology to enhance services for people with disabilities and their carers living in Barnsley. To support this excellent work Berneslai Homes and South Yorkshire Credit Union matched the purchase by donating three tablet devices. Barnsley Advocacy Service has continued to work in partnership with Berneslai Homes to train staff and volunteers to use digital technology, supporting the filming of anti-hate crime films made by and for people living with disabilities.