Leading UK charity, POhWER, and local charity Cambridgeshire Deaf Association (CDA), are teaming up to offer Peterborough residents access to key information, advice and advocacy services.

The two organisations will work in-partnership to provide service users with person-centred support.

The aim is to help people become more independent, be aware of and safeguard their rights, obtain information, request access to services that meet their needs.

The service will include specialist advocacy support for people with learning disabilities and/or autism, and deaf people (including those who use British Sign Language, deafblind manual or other visual communication), who are Peterborough residents.

The advocacy team will be made-up of experienced, trained, and knowledgeable professionals from both organisations, who are dedicated to understanding and empowering all service users. 

This service will run alongside POhWER’s other advocacy services in central and east of England - including those covering Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Luton, Norfolk, and Suffolk.

All of the services provided by POhWER and CDA will be free to access, independent, and confidential.

Elyzabeth Hawkes, POhWER’s deputy chief executive, said: “We are delighted to be able to support people and communities in Peterborough in partnership with Cambridgeshire Deaf Association to provide accessible services that support people to understand their rights and what options and choices are available to them. 

“Our advocates work alongside people to empower them through advocacy, information, advice and guidance which aim to provide the tools, help and support for them to be involved in choices and decisions that affect how they live their lives.”

Rachael Dance, service manager at Cambridgeshire Deaf Association, added: “We are really pleased to be working in partnership with POhWER, reinforcing our commitment to upholding the rights of the deaf community and providing a high-quality, local Advocacy service.

“Together with POhWER, we look forward to advancing our mission of providing essential services to ensure the well-being of the deaf community.”

Visit the Peterborough page of POhWER’s website or contact the Help Hub by email at pohwer@pohwer.net or by phone on: 0300 456 2370.