Advocacy Services North East Wales provide Independent Advocacy to the residents of Flintshire and Wrexham
We are able to work with anyone who feels that our service is one they need, with no requirement to be in mental health services or with a formal mental health diagnosis.
We currently have 20 staff, 16 of which are advocates, who work with anyone over the age of 18 including younger people with dementia and carers.
ASNEW is a partner in a North Wales partnership providing the Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) and the Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA) Services for which we cover the counties of Flintshire and Wrexham.
The Self-Advocacy For Empowerment (S.A.F.E) project offers bespoke Training, Workshops, Groups and Courses for anyone with mental health concerns and carers.
The Flintshire Mental Health Advocacy Scheme (FMHAS) began in 2000 with one part time 'scheme coordinator' based in a very small office in Mold.
Initial funding for the service came from the supporting people's monies from the Welsh Assembley Government; this was match funded by Flintshire Social Services for Adult Mental Health.
With training delivered by the coordinator, volunteer advocates were soon working with people throughout Flintshire and the hospital units in neighbouring counties.
In 2003 the service became a company limited by guarantee and also a registered charity, the service has achieved the Advocacy Quality Performance Mark in May 2010 (this was renewed in March 2015).
The service is managed by the Board of Trustees, with the day-to-day management of the organisation and its staff being the responsibility of the Service Director - Sue Woods. Due to continuous development, there is now a Service Director, Office Manager, a Team of Qualified Advocates, a Self Advocacy Facilitator and an Office Administrator. 2012 saw the service change its name to Flintshire Advocacy Services (FAS) and an office move.
With our expansion into Wrexham in 2015 we became ASNEW - Advocacy Services North East Wales
And in 2017 we moved to our current home at:
1st Floor Offices, 42 High Street, Mold, Flintshire CH7 1BH
Advocacy Services North East Wales is funded by Flintshire Local Authority Adult Mental Health Services, The Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, Welsh Assembly Government, Flintshire Local Authority Older Peoples Services with a contribution from P.D.S.I FCC (Physical Disability Sensory Impairment) towards service provision for their client group. The Carer's Advocate posts are made possible with Lloyds Bank Foundation Funding in Flintshire and The Big Lottery Fund through NEWCIS' Carers Wellbeing Project in Wrexham and Denbighshire.