National Advocacy Conference 2020

 Programme - thurs 29th october 

sponsored by

Personal power and taking control

9.30 - 10.30    Personalised Care: An Insight into PHBs, Advocacy and Lived Experience. Lucy Watts MBE

In this session Lucy will share some of her lived experience as a young adult with a life-limiting condition and give practical insight into the inner workings of Personal Health Budgets, the importance of advocacy and how a good experience of advocacy led Lucy to work as an advocate herself. Lucy wants viewers to understand the impacts of advocacy on an individual, how advocacy is very important through the Personal Health Budget process, and the impact good advocacy can make to the individual and the professionals involved.


11.00 - 12.00   How Social Prescribing can help people to get better lives.

Charlotte Reeves, The Care Forum  

An overview of social prescribing and how it works in practice. This talk will look at what social prescribing is, the different models, how it can help and what it looks like in practice. It will signpost to other resources for those wanting more in-depth information about wellbeing, social prescribing and research.


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12.30 - 1.30   Rachel Turner & James Rosborough, Shared Lives Ambassadors supported by Andy Cooke, Shared Lives carer Champion

To be confirmed

2.00 - 3.00 The Art of Speaking Up Leah Jones. Positive You

"I would like to talk about being a self-advocate. I would like to talk about starting up my own business called Positive You. I would then like to talk about an example exhibition called Recipe for a Good Life to show how art can help people speak up. Jade will say a bit of something about how she facilitates and supports my work".

3.30 - 4.30  Using a Deaf Advocate.  Jessica Maryan-Ball

This session will be delivered by a Deaf advocate, Jessica Maryan-Ball. Jessica has been working as an advocate since 2010. Jessica attended advocacy training sessions where she met Kate. This sparked a strong interest in advocacy and then led to specialising in advocacy for deaf people. Jessica is now a qualified Care Act and Vulnerable Adults Advocate and works predominately in the East Midlands area. During her presentation she will explore:

  • Introduction of using Deaf Advocacy

  • How to work with Deaf Advocates

  • Experiences of Deaf Advocacy

  • Advantages and Disadvantages of using a Deaf Advocate

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