The Advocacy Service is under new management! (06/12/2016)

The Advocacy Service providing Care Act, Generic, Carers Advocacy and IMHA Service (still based at Clatterbridge) has moved under the management of Involve Northwest. Both services will remain the same in terms of delivery for this period of time.

We also have an arrangement to offer free holistic therapies to carers and clients of our services on the 3rd Friday of every month. A New Advocacy Hub contract goes live on the 1st Feb, further information will be provided around this soon.

We appreciate changes like this can be extremely confusing for people accessing services and indeed for professionals knowing where to direct/refer individuals who require advocacy.

We want to make certain there is as little impact on clients as possible and minimal disruption to service activity. It is important people are made aware of the change and know that they can still access the services.

Any queries or to make a referral, please get in touch! Referrals and Enquiries: 0151 644 4617

** Please note that both services do not provide advice with debt, form filling or support with benefit issues**

Aviva Community Fund - LeapFrog Domestic Abuse project

Well, it's that time again - the Aviva Community Fund scheme is open and we really need your help!

As you may already know, our LeapFrog service supports individuals in situations of domestic abuse and we would like to be able help more people to improve the quality of their lives in the future and #SayNo to domestic abuse.

No person should be abused by a partner; let alone a child having to witness this and the impact it can have on a young mind.

Merseyside Police figures showed officers responded to 6,893 calls of domestic abuse in Wirral in 2014, and there have been five domestic abuse murders in Wirral since 2012. This will undoubtedly have a profound effect on children who witness these harrowing scenes. This has potentially long term effects on children and, at present, the Leapfrog scheme is the only established project on Wirral to allow them to cope with what they have witnessed and /or experienced.

Without a statutory obligation to provide such a service, we believe it is still an essential service to change the acceptance of domestic abuse for our younger generation.

Your votes will help us to secure funding and allow us to continue a very worthy cause which many people tend to shy away from discussing, acting upon or simply do not realise what a hidden danger this is to young people.

Additionally, it will raise the profile of what is often a hidden and unheard of danger and let us support our young people and help them to keep their childhood; something which the majority of us take for granted.

Leapfrog is the only Wirral-based programme that's run for women and children who have experienced domestic abuse.

Leapfrog is a safe space for children and young people to talk about their experiences.

We support both women and children and re build relationship and trust again.

Voting takes less than 3 minutes and could help change a child's life forever.

Please help. To vote, click here.

A.M.M.O. sets up base at Royal Standard House (21/11/2016)

Involve Northwest are pleased to welcome AMMO (All Military Members Organisation for veterans), who have recently landed at their HQ at Royal Standard House in Rock Ferry.

"AMMO is a not-for-profit organisation that has been conceived to give support to Military Veterans from all Arms and of all ages with their transition to civilian life. AMMO does not have all the answers but it may know someone who has. AMMO is manned by ex service volunteers who have walked the walk. So if you have an issue, whether it is work, benefits, CV writing or drug/alcohol misuse, pop in and have a coffee. Fairy dust is in short supply, but there is lots of help and support available."

For more information, you can visit their website, visit their Facebook page or contact them at Involve Northwest HQ on 0151 644 1100.

World Mental Health Day (12/10/2016)

It's 12th October 2016 and it's World Mental Health Day, promoting conversations about mental health and well-being. For more information or support with mental health, please see the details below:

Samaritans

Telephone: 116 123 (24 hours a day, free to call)

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Website: www.samaritans.org

Provides confidential, non-judgmental emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those that could lead to suicide. You can phone, email, write a letter or in most cases talk to someone face to face.

Mind Infoline

Telephone: 0300 123 3393 (9am-6pm Monday to Friday)

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Website: www.mind.org.uk/help/advice_lines

Mind provides confidential mental health information services. With support and understanding, Mind enables people to make informed choices. The Infoline gives information on types of mental distress, where to get help, drug treatments, alternative therapies and advocacy. Mind has around 140 local Minds providing local mental health services.

Rethink Mental Illness Advice Line

Telephone: 0300 5000 927 (10am-2pm Monday to Friday)

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Website: http://www.rethink.org/about-us/our-mental-health-advice

Provides expert advice and information to people with mental health problems and those who care for them, as well as giving help to health professionals, employers and staff. Rethink also runs Rethink services and groups across England and Northern Ireland.

ChildLine

Telephone: 0800 1111

Email: http://www.childline.org.uk/Talk/Pages/Email.aspx

Website: www.childline.org.uk

ChildLine is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of nineteen. You can contact a ChildLine counsellor for free about anything - no problem is too big or too small.