We’ve been awarded the Advocacy Quality Performance Mark

Empowerment and the Blackpool Advocacy Hub are pleased to announce that we havebeen awarded the Advocacy Quality Performance Mark (QPM) from the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi). The QPM is the UK’s only independent quality performance mark for organisations offering independent advocacy; an essential service for people who need support to express their needs and have increased choice and control in their lives. To gain the QPM, independent advocacy providers have to undergo a r...
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Blackpool Advocacy Hub is 1!!

Empowerment’s Blackpool Advocacy Hub celebrated its first full year of operation on 24th July 2018. Empowerment is really proud of the fact that it has successfully set up and delivered Blackpool’s very first ‘Single Point of Access’ for all of Blackpool’s Health and Social Care Advocacy Services. Our team of highly skilled and experienced advocates offer free, independent and confidential support to Blackpool residents who need help having their voice heard in relation to their health an...
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Good enough is not good enough!!

Empowerment has a passion for providing the very best enabling support for the people we serve. It is essential that we constantly strive to improve, to do things better and change when we need to. Increasingly this drive for improvement has to come from people with lived experience, who for me are the real experts we should be listening to. Accountability is the key to driving these changes forward. I am very fortunate to be accountable to our Board of Trustees who are unfailingly supportive...
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Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes!

One of my very favourite songs is’ Changes’ by the incomparable David Bowie. In the song he exhorts us to, ‘turn and face the strange’. By this I think he means changing what you’re used to into something which is new, exciting and uncomfortable! So, I thought I’d use this, our first blog, to set out some of my current thinking on the importance of change and where the impetus for change has to come from. We know for a fact that our communities on the Fylde Coast where we operate, face many a...
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