Who we are
SEA was established in 2008 to champion people who are considered seldom heard and can inform decisions that effect their lives. We aim to do this on a 1 to 1 basis through the provision of advocacy and as a collective through the participation opportunities we make available. Our key partner is Framework HA, they provide housing and support for people who are homeless.
What we do
Access to an independent advocacy service can lead to positive results for participants, staff and service providers. Our working practice is firmly based on the concept of “Dialogue not Confrontation”. We endeavour to make people aware of their choices, and support and encourage them to speak up to get their views heard.
If a service user has concerns, comments or a complaint about the service they receive, SEA can work with them to ensure their views are heard and responded too. We believe that enabling people to have their say, influences change at a grass roots and strategic level.
We have provided our independent advocacy and participation services to Housing Associations for many years, assisting service users with complaints and supporting them through policies and procedures. We plan participation meetings and encourage service users to attend and speak up about the service they receive.
SEA continue to work in partnership with universities by contributing to the teaching of Social Work students alongside participants with lived experience, academics and lecturers.