Peaks and Dales Advocacy (PADA) is a registered charity and has been active in the High Peaks and Dales since 1988. For the best part of thirty years PADA provided an independent service supporting vulnerable and marginalised people in the High Peaks and Dales to voice their wants, needs and aspirations to those in authority.
In April of 2017 the one-to-one advocacy function of PADA reduced due to changes in Health and County Council funding.
As a consequence of this PADA now concentrates on community projects which facilitate informed choice and community involvement.
"For the past twelve months PADA has been re-constituted to cover the whole of Derbyshire and though it is currently a smaller organisation than it was, the potential for growth, and the commitment to good quality, person-centred service has never waned."
At the end of November 2017 Peter Dawson had a serious accident and was hospitalised and had a "new" hip to replace the one damaged beyond repair. Although now back at home on sticks he is still unable to drive but he is still fulfilling his role in his own unique way. While frustrated at his lack of mobility he has written a series of articles on the current state of advocacy. These are all worth a read and can be accessed from the links below:
In December 2017 Peter wrote his first article which intriguingly starts " Do you know the River Manifold? It is a beautiful, fresh, clear river ....." To continue reading this click here
Peter's second article entitled "Advocacy Musings for a new Year" written in January started "It seems to be just this time of year that many people (the media in particular) look back over the year that is going or has just gone and look forward to the one that is beginning. In that way we are,...To continue reading click here
In Peter's third article in "Musings for February" he asks the question:
How much does an advocate need to know? To continue reading this which I recommend click here
Our exciting new projects include:
Community Solutions, Opportunity to Speak. and Friendship First.
Community Solutions is our new project and aims to connect people into their local communities. The project is for anyone between the age of 18+ .living in a small town, village or in the countryside in the High Peak and North Derbyshire Dales who is feeling isolated or lonely and may be at risk of developing mental health issues.
To read more about this project click here.
Opportunity to Speak was set up by Peaks and Dales Advocacy as a small group to enable people of all ages to have a say in their community and talk about their lives and wishes for their future.
To read more about this project click here
Friendship First has been facilitated by Peaks & Dales Advocacy for many years. We want to start again but in a slightly different way.
To read more about Friendship First click here
Peter Dawson: firstname.lastname@example.org or via his mobile telephone 07954025005.
Ann Young: email@example.com
or via her mobile 07986242382