We’ve been awarded the Advocacy Quality Performance Mark

Empowerment and the Blackpool Advocacy Hub are pleased to announce that we have been 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 ...
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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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Being the Difference

Last week I spent two days participating in the ‘Being the Difference’ Training Workshops delivered by Expert Link: http://expertlink.org.uk/being-the-difference/ I have to say that this was a genuinely wonderful training experience and I had the privilege of spending time alongside people with lived experience of multiple complex needs. Together we learned about how to participate meaningfully in co-production opportunities; recognising that we all have a wisdom to contribute to the process....
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Volunteering

So… this week is Volunteers’ Week, when we as a nation get to say thank you for the work of volunteers. Here at Empowerment, we to would like to say a great big thank you to all our wonderful volunteers. Over the past year we have been enthusiastically building up the numbers of our volunteers in all aspects of our service delivery. We have volunteer advocates, volunteer administrators, a volunteer cleaner, volunteer dementia group leaders, volunteer ‘Speak Out Forum’ members, volunteer Fulfi...
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Mike’s #BigSleepout18

On the night of Friday 23rd March 2018, rather than sleeping in my own bed, I slept out on the street in the middle of Blackpool with 250 other people to raise money for Streetlife, as part of the 2018 BIG Sleepout. It was an uncomfortable experience as it rained for much of the night, but due to the brilliant atmosphere and being with so many other caring and compassionate people it was also inspiring! I did the BIG Sleepout for three reasons: 1. The first being my own personal gratitud...
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Louise is celebrating 11 Years with Empowerment this month!

Empowerment is passionate about supporting people to change their lives for the better here on the Fylde Coast. We are heavily reliant on the commitment and hard work of our dedicated team of staff and volunteers.  Louise Goldstone recently celebrated 11 years of working for our charity, starting as an Administrator and rising through the ranks to being our Support Services Manager. Louise provides the organisational support to our charity overseeing; health and safety, finance, administrativ...
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It’s cruel to be ‘not’ kind!!

Last week I spent two days interviewing for our new Fulfilling Lives Lived Experience Team. As is our usual practice one of the interview panel was a person with multiple complex needs and had a huge amount of lived experience. He is now working very hard to turn his life around, and frankly I felt the experience of being in his company very humbling and inspiring in equal measure. During one of our conversations in between interviews, he told me about his experiences of begging on the street...
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Celebrating Ebonie & National Apprenticeship Week

Empowerment is enthusiastically supporting National Apprenticeships Week which is taking place at the moment. Empowerment has a proud record of recruiting Apprentices and providing them with really positive experiences. Kevin Glossop, our Performance and Monitoring Officer started off his career as an Empowerment Apprentice. We are very lucky that Ebonie Parker is our current Apprentice whose role is to provide administrative support to our Blackpool Advocacy Hub Team. Ebonie has really enjoy...
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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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