Who we are:
Plymouth Highbury Trust is a charity for people with Learning Disabilities, and was first established in 1956.
Specifically, the charity provides an advocacy service independent of the local authority or any other service provider. Advocates enable people to have a voice when it comes to issues affecting their lives, i.e., finance, place of residence, relationships, care provision etc.
Over recent years, the charity saw an increase in advocacy support for parents with Learning Disabilities. Specifically, those who came under the radar of social services and who were undergoing child care proceedings. The charity was successful in applying for funding to expand its support provision.
What we can do:
We offer advocacy support for those undergoing legal proceedings regarding the care and welfare of their children. This service is provided by our Specialist Parent Advocate. The Parent Advocate is there to ensure that parents understand all information given to them, that they can vocalise their views and wishes, that they know their rights and that they can access support relevant to their case.
Additionally, the project provides support for those who have their children living with them. We hold a monthly support group for parents, this creates a space for parents to share anything they wish to share, and to strengthen supportive friendships with other parents. The group is also a place for parents to ask any questions about issues they are struggling to understand or would like to know more about. We find that this group is integral to meeting our parent’s emotional needs.
We also provide Easy Read information such as a Guide to the Child Protection Process, accessible instructions around child care, such as how to make up a bottle of formula, bathing a baby etc.
Additionally, we provide volunteer support for parents. This provision is beneficial for parents to establish a trusting relationship with someone impartial. The volunteer can support parents with issues like housing and finance, communication between service providers, relationships, accessing support around their children’s schooling and education, socialising, confidence building etc.
Having an advocate gives parents the confidence they need to face challenges and to have more of a belief in their ability.
Where you can find us:
Anyone can refer to us, if you are a parent yourself and you feel you would benefit from our service or if you know someone who would, you can contact us and we will send you a referral form.
Phone: 01752 753 712
On here you will find leaflets and further information about our service.
We also have a Facebook page,‘Plymouth Parent Advocacy Project’.