The Lean On Me advocacy project is an independent advocacy project for people aged 18 and beyond with no upper age limit. The Lean On Me advocates work with people across the Wigan borough, but currently we are not funded to work with people in the Leigh, Atherton and Tyldesley areas. We will signpost people in these areas to any other available projects that can help.
The advocates support you to get your point of view across and ‘speak up’. We aim to empower you to find the support you want within the community to improve your lives.
Many people are using statutory services as solutions to meet their needs; this could be your GP, social services, the police, hospitals, ambulances or fire services. Many if not all of us use these vital services at some point in our lives, sometimes because we want or need to, but other times because these services have decided they should be involved in your lives.
We recognise that people need and want statutory services. We also know that there are many ‘third sector’ organisations that provide support, help, guidance and specialist advice. The third sector consists of charities and voluntary organisations. Wigan Family Welfare and the Lean On Me project fall in this category.
- We are independent – we don’t work for the council, health service or any other statutory service.
- We don’t charge you anything, there is no cost for you.
- We listen to you.
- We don’t tell you what to do – we don’t give advice or make decisions for you.
- You are in the driving seat – we don’t take over and solve issues and problems for you. Instead we work with you one to one to explore ideas and possible solutions.
- We help you know more about what is ‘out there’ – locally and beyond.
- You might want someone with you when you go somewhere new for the first time and this is a possibility within our project. For example, you might want to go to a community centre to take a look at what’s on – we can meet you there and go in with you so that you’re not alone on that first visit.
- We don’t stay involved long-term nor do we say you can only see us three times and that’s it!
- Lean On Me has paid staff and volunteers.
- Whatever you tell us is confidential – we only share information if you ask us to do so, or if you tell us something that means you or someone else is at risk.
- If you want more information, please get in touch.
- You can refer yourself to us for advocacy.
- You can refer other people for advocacy but only if they give consent.