SEA (Services for Empowerment and Advocacy) is an independent advocacy and participation service working across Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire. SEA is a social enterprise.
We enable people within housing, health and social care settings to have a voice and participate within the services they receive. We believe that enabling people to have their say influences change at a grass roots and strategic level.
Our experience has shown us that access to an independent advocacy service can lead to positive results for service users, staff and service providers. Our working practise is firmly based on the concept of “Dialogue not Confrontation” this happens by encouraging and enabling service users to speak up & have their views heard.
Our work with organisations helps them get a clearer understanding of why they want to hear the views of the people that use their services. We encourage, support & train individuals to get involved with the services they receive. We endeavour to make people aware of their choices and encourage their involvement at a strategic level.
SEA receive a small amount of funding through the national Building Better Opportunities programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Union through its European Social Fund.
Building Better Opportunities provides funding to invest in local projects tackling the root causes of poverty, promoting social inclusion and driving local jobs and growth.
Opportunity and Change is a support programme for people who are defined as having multiple and complex needs throughout Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.
The programme is being delivered by local organisations working together, with a range of experience of working with people with multiple and complex needs. The Partnership aims to support people to achieve stability and provide access to mainstream services.
SEA’s role within the Opportunity and Change programme is to provide advocacy and participation opportunities to beneficiaries who receive support through Opportunity and Change
Further information on the work we do can be obtained by clicking the tabs on the right hand side of this page.
“Tell me & I’ll Forget, Show me I may remember, Involve me & I’ll understand”