Advocacy

Hodan Somali Community

Community organisation in W10 that offers advice and information services, employment support, advocacy, carers and elders support, health empowerment for women and outreach services. Its target group is the local Somali community, as well as the vulnerable and other BME groups.

W: http://www.hodan.org.uk

A: Canalside House, 383 Ladbroke Grove, London W10 5AA

T: 020 8960 5813

E: admin@hodan.org.uk

Midaye

Provides advice, advocacy, mental health support and education services to members of the local community – particularly BME. Also FGM support and clinic service, outreach and peer support, fitness classes, diabetes mentoring and BME carers forum.

W: http://www.midaye.org.uk

A: Unit 6, 7 Thorpe Close, London, W10 5XL

T: 020 8969 7456

E: contact@midaye.org.uk

POhWER

Nationwide advocacy service, with a local K&C branch. Can support adults with long term health conditions, such as mental illness, in a variety of ways including liaising with Social Services, making complaints, supporting personalisation and with safeguarding procedures.

W: https://www.pohwer.net/kensington-and-chelsea

T: 0300 456 2370

Leaflet: https://www.pohwer.net/Handlers/Download.ashx?IDMF=400083da-42db-4d88-857c-6704fa828704

River House Resource Centre

A community centre based in Hammersmith, open to anyone living with HIV and living in London. Proof of diagnosis and address will be required (see website for details).

They provide a large and diverse range of services aimed at supporting people in all aspects of their physical, medical and emotional well being. These include services such as nursing advice, counselling, welfare advice, complementary therapies and educational courses, plus a delicious meal each week day. They also advocacy and legal services.

W: https://www.riverhouseuk.org

A: River House, Furnival Gardens, off Rutland Grove, London W6 9DJ

T: 020 8753 5190 or 07763 768 345/6

Email: info@riverhouseuk.org

SMART

Local charity that seeks to promote mental health through purposeful activities by offering work, training and social opportunities to people with mental illness who live in Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster.

Services include advice and information, advocacy, a training and employment service, a community cafe, a gardening and floristry project, ICT training and a variety of social clubs. Volunteering opportunities are available.

W: www.smartlondon.org.uk

A: The Basement, 15 Gertrude Street , London, SW10 0JN

T: 0207 376 4668

E: info@smartlondon.org.uk

The Advocacy Project

Charity working with people using or wishing to use mental health services, older people and people with learning disabilities. They work to encourage and support people to express their views with regard to their health and treatment. They also gather service users views about services, and run a local choir to promote social cohesion. 

W: www.advocacyproject.org.uk

A: 73 St Charles Square, London W10 6EJ

T: 0208 969 3000

E: info@advocacyproject.org.uk

Victim Support (K&C)

Helps people affected by crime. Provide free and confidential support to help people deal with their experiences, even if the crime has not been reported to the police.

Accept referrals from the police and other organisations, and self-referrals by individuals. Individuals are allocated a worker who will offer support either on the phone or face to face. Advocacy and home visits offered also. Other services include the Witness Service and the Victim Supportline.

Website: www.victimsupport.org

National Victim Supportline: 08 08 16 89 111 (24/7)

To get help from a local team call the West London Victim Assessment and Referral Service on freephone 0808 168 9291.