RAP/PAS Group aims:
We provide advocacy for parents and vulnerable adults with mental health issues and learning disabilities in the Rotherham Borough and South Yorkshire. We help support parents with children who are going through Child Protection procedures in Rotherham, Sheffield, Barnsley and Doncaster areas. Advocacy is about helping people get their views about what they want in their lives heard and supporting them to get what they want.
We support The Drop-In (Speak-up) at the Galax Building on Thursday mornings.
RAP and PAS (Parents Advocacy Service) supports vulnerable adults with a Learning Disability who have become parents to care for their children appropriately, empower them to become part of their communities and to help parents learn life skills needed to live a fulfilled life with their children. LD parents have often lived a life where they have not received the appropriate support or parenting themselves and as such struggle to be appropriate parents themselves which in turn attracts the attention of health and social care. PAS support parents at every stage of the intervention plans put in place and including proceedings at Family Courts with a view of helping to keep the family unit together, preventing homelessness, preventing benefit sanctions, to prevent isolation and deprivation and to stop the downwards spiral which prevents families from parenting their children to a standard accepted by the Social Services. PAS has written adapted parenting programmes for parents with LD which are both practical and positive.
Peaceful Minds project
Speakup Self Advocacy and Rotherham Advocacy Partnerships are working together on a Peaceful Minds project which supports vulnerable adults who are going through crisis due to their mental health, Autism, Asperger’s, anxiety, stress and/or depression.
Adults with Learning disability/difficulty who are unable to express their view, opinion, wishes and feelings in applying and securing their rightful benefit entitlement. The project supports individuals to make applications, an example being that Universal Credit is an online application, most vulnerable clients are not able to have/use internet access, getting to community libraries is not a choice for individuals who suffer from social anxiety, panic attacks, vulnerable adults with LD have no reading or writing skills and find themselves dependent on others, getting random strangers to help them.
Peaceful Minds support with PIP/Attendance Allowance application, we physically support at medical assessments, at GP appointments most clients are not able to explain their symptoms to professionals. Support is given at all appeal stages, mandatory as well as court tribunals. Referrals to other to services for diagnosis, support to manage budgets finance and housing.