Self-Advocacy

 Self-Advocacy training at CoolTan Arts

CoolTan Arts’ Self-Advocacy course is a FREE training opportunity for people who experience mental distress to learn to self advocate.

Self Advocacy Workshop at CoolTan Arts

 

Tuesday Wellbeing Group from 11 – 12.30 pm :

Would you like to learn more about wellbeing and how to improve your quality of life?   If yes, then come along to The Five Ways to Wellbeing Group held the CoolTan Arts offices every Tuesday until 21st July from 11 – 12.30 pm. Please arrive around 11am if you want to make yourself a cup of tea/coffee beforehand.

We aim to create a relaxed and supportive atmosphere where people can explore and share different ways of managing their wellbeing.  Each week we will examine a different aspect of wellbeing and how to improve it, and which local organisations may be able to support you.

Call 0207 701 2696 or email wellbeing@cooltanarts.org.uk for more information.

If you are with a Community Mental Health Team please see our Referrals page.

Self-Advocacy training is an award-winning series of free classes and talks teaching you the skills you need to have a stronger voice in situations where you previously weren’t listened to, were discriminated against or found barriers stopping you from accessing information or services.

We provide an informal but structured environment where you can look at ways to help yourself, pick up strategies for challenging issues, behaviours or situations and learn how to improve your general wellbeing.
It is an effective training course which has been tailored to support people with mental distress in a supportive environment.
Self-Advocacy is delivered by skilled in-house Trainers and external specialists in subjects such as:

  • Self-esteem training
  • Understanding the Mental Health Act and your rights
  • Stress management
  • Care plans / advance directives
  • And much more

The aim of SA is for participants to:

  • Advocate for oneself
  • Express your own and opinion of others
  • Increase knowledge/confidence of services and access them
  • Challenge discrimination and stigma
  • Social inclusion of BME and all groups
  • Understand and support one’s own stress
  • Increase understanding of the Mental Health and Equality Act
  • Understand and use the Personalisation agenda
  • Take up external peer training or representation roles

In July 2013 Self Advocacy won the prestigious ‘Best Practice Award in Peer Support Development’ by the Mental Health Provider’s Forum. In 2015 it won the ‘Strengthening Citizen Voice’ award also by MHPF and the Aim Award quality mark as an approved training course. This was achieved due to the valiant efforts of the participants and the support they showed each other.  Well done all.

 

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