Impact

Our Mental Health Peer Support Group in Solihull

John says “he was having difficulty with Universal credit and Dave helped him to fill in the form”

Debbie says “I love coming to the group, to meet people and have tea and cakes”

Noreen says “the group is a great support and she looks forward to group meetings”

Julie says “I wanted somewhere to go to meet people and get support. I actually met my husband through the group. The group really helps when you are feeling down”

Quotes from users/carers

“I would just like to add that the Independent Advocacy team based at Stoneleigh, have been absolutely wonderful in supporting my daughter over the past ten years.”

Quote from client’s mother, April 2018.

“You’ve been hope at the other end of the phone.” 

Quote from Declan, April 2018

“You’ve been absolutely amazing”

Quote from client’s mother, May 2018

“You have listened to me like no one else has”

Quote from client, June 2018

“Thank you so much for your help in fighting DSS/DWP re withdrawal of PIP and therefore severe disablement premium too. After a nightmarish 4 months, I’m pleased to say they have reversed the decision at mandatory reconsideration and I’m told my next payment will be in full and back pay will be sent. I’m so relieved I can’t express it. 

I have no doubt that your assistance and letter was one of the critical factors in their changed decision. In addition, your support and reassurance was a great help at the most stressful period. 
I greatly appreciate the work you do for me and others in a similar situation” 

Quote from client email to Advocate Peter Smith December 2018

Independent Advocacy helped me to get my life back on track

Eight years ago I was suffering severe mental health problems which were compounded by Asperger’s Syndrome and mild ADHD, as a result I couldn’t manage my benefit money properly as I was far away from a good place mentally. Working with Independent Advocacy as my appointee I slowly began to regain control of my life. Two years ago I conquered depression, then towards the end of last year, I felt that I had got back sufficient control to start to look after my own finances. Independent Advocacy supported me in this decision and I am now almost financially independent and my appointee service has been diminished to an advisory support role. Last year I was well enough to run the London Marathon and this year I am looking for employment. I would like to thank Independent Advocacy for all their support in helping get my life back on track.