Representatives of a broad range of statutory, professional and voluntary organisations gathered at Taunton Racecourse on Thursday 17 September 2015 to hear details of the new advocacy service commissioned by Somerset County Council.
Swan Advocacy, one of the South West’s leading welfare rights charities, will provide support across the County offering generic and statutory advocacy.
The audience was welcomed by the charity’s Chief Executive, Teresa Wells, who said,
‘Swan Advocacy is pleased to have been awarded the contract to deliver a vital seamless service to the people of Somerset. Drawing on the charity’s experience elsewhere in the region and harnessing the skills of local professional staff members we will strive to improve the ability of individuals to make their own choices, and ensure that their voices are heard so that they can be more actively involved in issues that concern them.’
A message was delivered from Somerset County Councillor William Wallace, Cabinet member for Adult Social Care, which stated,
‘Somerset County Council was delighted to award the advocacy contract to Swan Advocacy on 1st May 2015 following a detailed commissioning and tender process. We look forward to their advocates making a difference to the people of Somerset through being out and about across the County, visiting clients at home, in hospital and other community settings.’
Requests for advocacy support can be made to Swan Advocacy on 03333 44 7928 or email Somerset@swanadvocacy.org.uk