Thanks to a grant we have been advocating for people with experience in the criminal justice system, living in Medway or Swale since 2016. We have worked closely in partnership with other agencies particularly supported accommodation in the locality. We have achieved multiple positive outcomes for our partners including transition to independent living, welfare benefits entitlements and liaising with Kent Police Kent Probation. This has enabled our partners to move forward, live crime free and engage actively with their community.
MSAP was registered as a charity in 1995 to provide advocacy to members of all communities living in the Medway and Swale local authority areas and who were experiencing mental distress. We understand the barriers preventing users of mental services from having their voices heard, rights secured and obtaining the services they need. Our advocates support 100s of people each year to exercise their rights and express their views and concerns on a range of issues from welfare benefit entitlement to employment.
Sheppey Prison Cluster and Rochester Prison
Since 2013 we have provided a dedicated advocate surgery at HMP Elmley, HMP Stanford Hill and Swaleside. The scheme is one of only a handful in the country and the take up for the service has been very high. Prison can be a very distressing and alienating experience and speaking to an advocate can resolve a variety of issues affecting prisoners on a day to day and more enduring basis. Due to our successes this project has been expanded to Rochester Prison.