The Southend Mencap advocacy service has been in operation since 1999 and, over the years, it has grown into a much sought after and dependable service to people with learning disabilities within our support area of Southend, Rochford, Rayleigh and Castle Point.

The group has one full time advocate, one part time advocacy administrator and one part time administration assistant, who herself has learning disabilities.

The aims of the advocacy service are:

  • To support people who might not otherwise find an independent voice and/or whose needs might be ignored or forgotten.
  • To ensure people know their rights and have the information to make informed choices.
  • To empower people to speak up for their rights, making sure that their needs are met and the service they need are provided

The Southend Mencap Advocacy Service is for all people with a learning disability, age 15+, who live in Southend, Castle Point, Rochford and Rayleigh.

We can help with a wide range of issues including:

  • benefits
  • day services/access to other service
  • accommodation
  • employment
  • choices e.g holidays
  • conflict resolution with families
  • conflict resolution within the immediate community
  • understanding money/finance
  • sexuality and relationships

The advocacy service now has even greater security after receiving a two year grant totalling £32,000 from Lloyds TSB Foundation and these funds will cover the cost of delivering the service throughout the whole of 2013 as well as 70% of 2014’s costs.  This provides all our clients with the security that advocacy support will be available for them until the latter stages of 2014 although of course nearer to that time the search for further funding will take place.

To make a referral to our advocacy service or find out more information about what help it can provide, our advocate can be contacted on (01702) 334514 or via email at

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