Learning Disability Celebration Event



Following very successful events in the past, we are working with the Learning Disability Partnership Board to run another Celebration Event this year.

It will be held on Wednesday 28th June 2017 at Lincoln College and will run from 10.30am until 3pm.

More information to follow!

New ‘advocacy hub’ to strengthen voices, champion rights and make positive change for Lincolnshire’s children, young people and adults.

New telephone number for all advocacy referrals and enquiries 01529 400479

This month, Total Voice Lincolnshire launches a new Advocacy Hub. In a new partnership, the service brings together specialist advocacy for adults, children and young people across Lincolnshire into one service and has boosted the different ways people can speak directly to fully-trained advocates.

Advocacy is a free, independent and confidential service commissioned by Lincolnshire County Council and provided by Total Voice Lincolnshire (TVL), led by VoiceAbility.

Advocacy is about supporting people to speak for themselves so that their views, wishes and opinions about their care and well-being are heard and understood. Advocates help individuals to get information and think through the available options. Advocates don’t provide advice or make decisions on their behalf. Advocates are there so people are not alone when facing major decisions that will impact heavily on their lives. Total Voice Lincolnshire supports eligible people on a wide range of issues including:

  • Preparing for and participating in care assessments or meetings with social workers or health professionals
  • Challenging decisions made about the person if the person thinks they’re not right for them
  • Appealing changes to benefits or attending tribunals
  • Helping people to understand their rights about their care needs, welfare or legal entitlements
  • Keeping people safe from harm

All advocates are independent of council and care services.

READ more about eligibility and the different ways you can speak to an advocate.

New guide for people who challenge decisions

Twitter image 2This month, VoiceAbility has published a new practice guide for advocates who challenge decisions with or on behalf of someone. People’s rights to challenge decisions made by professional health and social care workers are protected by law.

Where people face life-changing decisions that they do not agree with, and which may have far reaching consequences, supporting the person to challenge those decisions is integral to advocacy. But challenging decisions is not always straight forward and there can be may ways to do it.

The guide will be helpful for friends and family members who often take on the crucial role of supporting their loved ones to challenge decisions, as well as other practitioners across the health and social care sectors to know the role of an advocate.

This new guide provides comprehensive information to help advocates and others decide on the most appropriate way and what options are available to challenge decisions informally and formally.

You can download the full guidance by clicking on the link here.


Total Voice has Changed!

From 1st July, Total Voice launches a new partnership, delivering both adults and children’s advocacy services across Lincolnshire.

The new partnership brings together specialist advocacy provided by VoiceAbility, Barnardo’s and Age UK Lincoln  with enhanced information and signposting from Lincs2Advice.

The services include:

  • Statutory advocacy – Care and Support (Care Act) advocacy, Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA and DoLS) and Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA).
  • Community advocacy – Adult, Children and Young People’s advocacy
  • Telephone advocacy – with lines manned Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm / Saturdays, 10am to 4pm
  • Call back, text and email service
  • Drop-in sessions on a fortnightly basis
  • Outreach sessions at residential care settings and hospitals

To make it easy for everyone who wants to find out more about advocacy, or to make a referral, there will be one point of contact for all services, managed by Lincs2Advice.

From 1st July, you can access the new-look advocacy services by contacting us at:

Referral and Information Line:  01529 400 479
Text: 07860 018887
Address:  Total Voice Lincolnshire, Lincs2Advice, 5 Mill House, Carre Street, Sleaford NG34 7TW

Lincolnshire Celebrates Learning Disability Week

On the 17th June Lincolnshire Learning Disability Partnership Board held a special event to celebrate this year’s learning disability awareness week. Our team at Lincoln were involved in organising this very big event. 185 people came, over 100 of these people had a learning disability.

The day gave people the chance to meet up and talk to others, listen to people’s stories and get help and information on all the different things available in Lincolnshire.