You'd think a national organisation that prides itself on being inclusive would be glad of a volunteer with my capabilities and experience joining the advocacy project they manage in my local area.
Helping get collective advocacy groups going.
Supporting people to speak out and have a voice, about their psychiatric treatment or mental health services.
local project manager was keen on the idea and also another experienced
advocacy worker who I've known for over 5 years, since they were both
in the TODAY Group, user led collective advocacy that lost out at the
2009 advocacy tendering process.
had a useful meeting at Stratheden Hospital to discuss this, back in
August. It seemed a straightforward process. I'd complete the
volunteer application form then attend a training course and then be
assessed for suitability. We were happy to go ahead with this but
Circles Network in Warwickshire, England, have said "No".