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Informal Advocacy

Lamp offers a range of services designed to support individuals experiencing difficulties with their mental health, and those individuals or groups supporting them.

Peer Advocacy

What is a Peer Advocate
A Peer Advocate is a volunteer that has a keen interest in supporting those experiencing mental heath issues. Peer Advocates are called Peers because they have themselves have experienced mental health issues and therefore have an intimate understanding of the impact of this and what this feels like. A Peer Advocate is trained by Lamp to be able to provide independent advice and support for those experiencing mental health issues. A Peer Advocate performs an Informal role but can and often do refer their clients to Lamp Formal Advocates (legally appointed independent representatives).

What does a Peer Advocate do?

Understanding the situation and options
Peer Advocates undertake Ward outreach to patients in mental health units. During ward rounds, they help clients to (i) understand what they can expect to happen in the mental health unit (ii) understand their rights for example, how to appeal after being sectioned (iii) access information relating to their health or the section that they are in (iv) gain access to services that could be of use to them (v) be aware of and understand any entitlements they may.

In offering these services, Peer Advocates provide clients the chance to be carefully listened to, to express their feelings and to reflect on their own situation in a positive way.
Peer advocates also offer access to the information that their clients feel they need. This information could relate to advice on how to appeal, details of their section, what kind of section they are on or to other services not provided by Lamp or the hospital outreach team.

Giving A Voice
Where clients are struggling to get their own point of view across or having their own concerns heard, Peer Advocates listen to them, support them in deciding what they would like to do about this and in some cases will represent these concerns to nurses and hospital management. Knowing that one has somebody independent to support and represent them, helps clients to be able to cope with their situation better and to work more closely with medical staff.

If you would like to become a Lamp Peer Advocate, then please click here.

Carers Support

Carers’ Groups
Lamp provides peer group advocacy where carers meet monthly in a safe and informal environment to share successes and discuss challenges in their caring role. Complex advocacy needs will be addressed via 1 to 1 Carers’ advocacy service, which you can read more about here. Our dedicated carers’ advocate facilitates the groups. The groups provide a range of activities and formal meetings and/or training to address challenges faced by carers in their caring role.

Lamp runs a day group and an evening group (please see below) normally from their offices, please ring 0116255 6286 if interested. Refreshments are provided.

Who Can Attend?
Anyone looking after or providing physical and/or emotional support to an adult loved one, a friend, a neighbour or a relative with a mental health need where the care they provide is not part of their regular employment.

Time Out Group:
Runs every third Wednesday of the month from 10 am to 1 pm at lamp – 65 Regent Road, Leicester LE1 6YF. For details of the next Time Out Carers Group please refer to our events page found here.

In Touch Group:
Runs every fourth Thursday of the month from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Lamp- 65 Regent Road, Leicester LE1 6YF. For details of the next In Touch Group please refer to out events page found here.

Coalville, Hinckley and Bosworth and Blaby Carers Groups:
We also have launched new carers groups in Coalville, Hinckley and Bosworth, and in Blaby that will run in a monthly basis. Sessions will be held each month and will provide a space where carers can:

· Meet, socialise, and share experiences with other carers within their local community.

· Find out about other services and groups they can access for support

· Access information, advice and advocacy from our qualified advocacy team.

For information on when we have booked in new groups in each area, please click here.

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