Bristol Mind Advocates Gain National Qualification
Seven of the current nine advocates working for Bristol Mind have now gained the City and Guilds Independent Advocacy Qualification. They are Kim Lees, Kay Francksen, Claire Barnard, Zakira Takolia, Jo Burgess, Paul Turner and Tom Hore. The other two advocates, Clarence Hussein and Heidi Owen are currently working hard and are expected to complete the qualification later this year.
This is a tremendous achievement by the advocates who have all had to work very hard, completing up to 120 hours of written work at the same time as continuing to provide their service. The award is a testimony to their dedication and commitment to their role.
The City and Guilds qualification is the first nationally recognised advocacy qualification, and its introduction is a growing measure of the level of professionalism and quality of service delivery that is expected in independent advocacy.
All the advocates have been fortunate to have completed their training and qualification through ACTS in Somerset, who have a very professional and supportive approach and have helped the advocates every inch of the way, so a huge thank you to Tim and Evelyn Smoldon at ACTS.