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July-September 2019
Inside the new, quarterly e-newsletter from Advonet, we have updates on:
  • A new formal partnership between Advonet and CHANGE
  • Advonet's Annual Report for 2018-19
  • Safeguarding Feedback Project: Launch event feedback and Welcome event for Citizens' Panel
  • The aims of the Restraint, Seclusion and Segregation (RSS) Project
  • Advonet's entry in the Leeds Pride 2019 parade
  • A report on local mental health crisis services
  • Our link working with community organisations across Leeds
  • Our new outreach surgeries for people who don't speak English as their first language
LGBTQ+ Health Inclusion Project: Surveys and self-advocacy workshops
The LGBTQ+ Health Inclusion Project has two surveys out, asking for experiences of access to healthcare services and the barriers faced by those trying to do so.
One survey is for LGBTQ+ adults in Leeds who are also either autistic, have a learning disability or mental health difficulties. The other is for health and social care professionals who work with people in those communities. Please click the buttons below if you would like to take the survey most relevant to you.

The project also has two upcoming free self-advocacy courses this autumn. The first is for LGBTQ+ people with mental health difficulties, which starts on Tuesday 8th October. The second is for LGBTQ+ autistic people and starts on Tuesday 10th December. Both run for seven weeks, with a two-week break for Christmas and New Year. Please click below for further information.
Survey for LGBTQ+ adults >>
LGBTQ+ Project Survey for Health & Social Care Professionals >>
Self-advocacy workshops - mental health and autism >>
Advonet and CHANGE enter new formal partnership

From 1st September 2019, Advonet and CHANGE will be in a formal partnership, sharing resources and supporting each other’s strengths. In recent months, both organisations have worked closely on a number of projects. Now, CHANGE will become more connected to Advonet.
To read more about what this involves, please click below to read a statement.

CHANGE joins forces with Advonet >>
2018-19 Advonet Annual Report published
Advonet have produced a joint annual report which covers both our contracted advocacy services and wider provision, including our new projects.  
To read the report in full, please click on the link below. If you would like a paper copy, please get in touch and we will send one to you in the post.
2018-19 Annual Report >>
Safeguarding Feedback: Launch event learnings and Citizens Panel 

The Safeguarding Feedback Project saw tens of people attend its launch event in early July. We saw talks and videos from Touchstone and Leep1 about their experience of safeguarding, while there is a welcome event for the project's Citizens' Panel on Friday 4th October from 10:30am-12pm
To read what was said in the launch event’s discussion groups and to watch the videos from Touchstone, please click the first link below. Click on the second link below to find out more about the Citizens' Panel and how to get involved.

Safeguarding Feedback launch >>
Safeguarding Feedback: Citizens Panel Welcome Event >>
RSS Project aims and involvement

The Restraint, Seclusion and Segregation (RSS) Project, led by Advonet and CHANGE, has set out its aims. They are to pass on people’s stories about RSS to bring about change, set up a group of people with lived experience to help run the project and to engage with a board of people to review the use of RSS in health and care settings.
Please click on the link below for more information on what the RSS project will be doing.

RSS Project aims >>
Client Forum meets this October
The next Advonet Client Forum meets on Monday 14th October to discuss a user consultant role, where a proposed paid staff role will help to make it easier for service users to be involved in what we do. The Forum is from 2pm-4pm at the Unity Business Centre.
For more on the Forum and how to get involved, please click the button below.
Client Forum - 14th October 2019 >>

Team Advonet do Leeds Pride 2019

On Sunday 4th August, a number of Advonet staff, volunteers and supporters took part in the Leeds Pride 2019 parade! This was the first time we had an entry in the parade, where we spoke to a few people about what we do. The majority of people who came are LGBTQ+ themselves.
Thanks to Cheryl, one of the LGBTQ+ Health Inclusion Project’s staff team, for the lovely photo! See more of her work here:

Report looks at mental health crisis services in Leeds
Healthwatch Leeds have unveiled a report based on the findings of a survey they undertook about mental health crisis services in the city. Its key findings included a need for clearer information on where to go when in a crisis, mental health training for frontline staff and reviewing access to services and long waiting lists.
You can read the report in full by clicking on the link below.
Mental health crisis report >>
New Advocacy Outreach Surgeries
Starting earlier this year, Advonet set up outreach surgeries, providing advocacy and information in six different venues across Leeds. They aim to make advocacy more accessible for different communities across the city.
For more information on when and where they take place, please visit our Advocacy Surgeries page.
Advocacy Outreach Surgeries in Leeds >>
Leeds Advocacy Network and link working with Leeds communities
Advonet continue to link with organisations across Leeds. We have link workers in place with Leeds Hearing and Sight Loss service (BID), Leeds Gypsy and Traveller Exchange, West Yorkshire Chaplaincy (offenders) and Leeds Citizens Advice Bureau.
We have provided or have in planning training/talks and joint working plans to better reach and engage with marginalised communities locally.We have provided talks and training to a range of other groups across Leeds. 
We continue to run our bilingual Outreach Surgeries at five locations: Reginald Centre, Christ Church Meeting Point, St Anne's Resource Centre, Hamara and Leeds Refugee Forum.  
We will be developing our range of self-advocacy toolkits in conjunction with the Leeds Advocacy Network later in the year. 
To join or find out more about the Leeds Advocacy Network, please click on the button below.
Leeds Advocacy Network >>
Work with Yorkshire and Humber ODN learning disabilities/autism and Live Well Leeds training and consultation 

We continue to be part of the Yorkshire and the Humber Operational Delivery Network (ODN) planning for ways services can work better for people with learning disabilities or autism across the region. There are three groups: autistic adults without a learning disability, adults with learning disability and children with learning disabilities/autism. If you would like to be involved in this or find out more please email
The Leeds Autism AIM team have continued to provide autism training for the 18 Live Well Leeds service providers and will next move onto next stage consultation to improve access to low level mental health support for autistic adults. This month, Live Well Leeds will start a trial of their Welcome Café at the Lovell Autism Hub and we are exploring additional groups linked to Live Well Leeds services through AIM.

John leaves Leep1 for paid role after successful PATH placement
After being on a placement through PATH Yorkshire with the Leep1 team, John Williams (pictured, left) has managed to move into a full-time paid role elsewhere. Leep1 Manager Mandy Haigh talks about his journey:
“When John first started with us, he told us that he didn’t think he would ever be able to get employment due to his mental health and long-term unemployment. John started his journey volunteering with Leep1 in March 2018 when we were contact by DWP, who then came into Café Leep with John to meet the team. 
“After a year of volunteering, an opportunity came up with the PATH scheme and John applied for the position of support staff with Leep1 for six months.  During this time with Leep1 John’s confidence had grown and has exceeded his own expectations and now gone on to gain employment with People in Action with support from the Leep1 team.
“We are bursting with pride about him getting full-time employment and wanted to share this wonderful story.”
Come meet us at Adults and Health event in Leeds this October
Advonet will be one of many stallholders at a free public event on Thursday 10th October. Current and Future Development within Adults & Health is at the Leeds Kirkgate Market from 11am-3pm and will focus on new developments in adult social care and what different services can do for you.
Please click on the link below if you would like more information on the event.
Adults and Health event >>
A summer of events, project launches and engagement work
Over the past few months, Advonet have been involved in launching a few new projects, attending engagement events and more. We have:
  • Launched the LGBTQ+ Health Inclusion Project with CHANGE and Yorkshire MESMAC and run self-advocacy workshops
  • Launched both the Restraint, Seclusion and Segregation (RSS) and Safeguarding Feedback Projects in early July (pictured above)
  • Attended forums, raising issues relating to advocacy
  • Run workshops on supported decision making for support workers who assist adults with learning disabilities
News in Brief
Leeds climate emergency survey
Leeds City Council, in partnership with Leeds Climate Commission, have put a survey out asking for residents' views on plans to make Leeds a carbon neutral city by 2030.
All feedback given will be used to help guide the Council's plans to make sure the city is as green as possible. Please click on the button below to take the survey.
Climate survey >
Learning Disability Pop-ups
Starting in October, Forum Central are organising a series of pop-up events for charities in Leeds who work with adults with learning disabilities. The first is on Thursday 24th October from 12:30pm-2pm at Technorth. Advonet will be among the organisations present, on hand to talk about the services we offer. Please click below to find out more about the pop-ups.
Pop-ups >>
Big Leeds Chat is back for 2019
After last year's successful health engagement event, the Big Leeds Chat is back for 2019. It's a free event, facilitated by Healthwatch Leeds and with a number of local organisations involved, including Advonet. This year's event is on Thursday 7th November from 10am-2pm at Kirkgate Market. It's free to go and promises fun activities and useful info. Click below for more on what's happening.
Big Chat >>

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