Expressions of Interest Sought for Independent Advocacy Casework Service Stockport

Expressions of Interest Sought for Independent Advocacy Casework Service Stockport

Are you looking for an innovative opportunity? Can you work in partnership with other organisations to deliver a person centred service? Have you a track record in the provision of Independent Advocacy Casework?

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council
Expressions of Interest for the provision of an Independent Advocacy Casework Service Stockport
Expression of Interest Only – This is issued to enable Stockport Council to engage with the market regarding a an Independent  Advocacy Casework Workers this is NOT a tender opportunity at this stage.

Expressions of Interest for the provision of an Independent Advocacy Casework Service


·         Are you looking for an innovative opportunity?

·         Can you work in partnership with other organisations to deliver a person centred service?

·         Have you a track record in the provision of Independent Advocacy Casework?


Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council is embarking on a ground breaking development to transform our Prevention Services. This is an opportunity for innovative providers with relevant skills and experience to come together to develop a co-ordinated and connected system.


Stockport Preventative Commissioning Strategy – the Vision

We want people in Stockport to be able to say:

“I am living well and safely in my own home in my own community”


Our Strategic Objectives

We are looking for organisations which share our values and are ready to work in a truly collaborative way with us and each other. You will help us achieve our strategic objectives, which are to;

1.       Create innovation and an asset based approach

2.       Improve value for money

3.       Intervene early and effectively

4.       Build capability and resilience in communities and empower individuals

5.       Maintain and improve wellbeing and  health

6.       Increase levels of economic  independence

7.       Enable independent living and self-care

8.       Enable co-ordinated and Integrated services


Within the above strategic approach, we are now seeking expressions of interest for the provision of an Independent Advocacy Casework System.

The Independent Advocacy Casework System will combine a number of statutory and non-statutory advocacy functions across the Borough of Stockport. Expressions of interest are welcomed from partners with the knowledge and values to develop & deliver an integrated advocacy system with a person centred approach which targets and prioritises resources to those who need it most.


We are looking for experienced providers of independent advocacy who are passionate about social inclusion, equality & social justice, & who are actively committed to exploring innovative new models of service delivery & are committed to the continual improvement of the service going forward.

The service will ensure that the Council meets its statutory requirements in relation to Independent Advocacy as required below;

a)       Care Act 2014

b)      The Mental Health Act 1987 (Independent Mental Health Advocacy)

c)       The Health & Social Care Act 2012. (NHS Complaints advocacy)

Note that this commission does not include the Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy scheme (IMCA) which is subject to a separate commissioning process across the Boroughs of Stockport, Tameside and Oldham.

However, the service will also go beyond the statutory minimum to facilitate the involvement of people in decisions made about them and their care and support.  This will include supporting existing social care service users and carers, often with complex needs, to express their views and needs. Where capacity is an issue, it will provide independent support to explore choices. It will support people with understanding & making choices in relation to their statutory rights, no matter how complex their needs.

It will take an asset based approach to building on people’s own strengths and motivate people to help explore their own solutions, helping to build people’s confidence so that their voice is valued and has impact. It will also facilitate the development of a volunteer & peer work force, forming working partnerships with other organisations to develop a peer advocacy system working alongside paid staff.


The service must be personalised with each person’s individual requirements determined by and with the individual and supported through other agencies as required.  As such the service will feed into a network of support which is helping people to work towards their maximum individual capacity for independent living, rooted in an understanding of individual barriers.

People needing independent advocacy are very likely to be people with reduced capacity to communicate their views, wishes and feelings (or retain information) due to temporary or permanent conditions which might include: advanced dementia, learning disability, brain injury, mental ill-health, or other issues.  But the service will help a wide range of people to express their wishes and feelings, support them in weighing up their options, and assist them in making their own decisions.

The service will demonstrate appropriate values including a commitment to social inclusion, respect and a non-judgemental approach. The employment of people who have had direct experience of using services will be seen to add value.


We want people to experience positive outcomes and have a good experience of the service, & to be able to say –


`I felt that my needs and wishes were understood, that I was listened to and the team understood what was important to me’


 `I got support with understanding my options and making choices that were right for me’


`Going forward, I now know where to find the information I need, and have more confidence to deal with this myself’


This will also require a developmental approach to this project which will include exploring additional funding sources as appropriate; developing innovative approaches; and developing community capacity to bring people together in a safe space to extend opportunities for peer support and shared experience.


The aspiration is that partners will actively explore the potential of the service to develop into a broader system which extends the offer beyond the core functions and attracts new resources to secure ongoing sustainability. Partners will also have the ability to understand service needs across Stockport through researching, collating and analysing available information & common themes from the above work, to inform improvement and change across the social care and health system.


Procurement and Contract

We will be procuring for a contract that drives collaboration and innovation.  The contract term is expected to be three years with the possibility of an extension of up to two further years.

Please note there is an inter dependency both with the parallel procurement of an alliance for targeted prevention for vulnerable people in Stockport & the development of an alliance in relation to Domestic Abuse.  All the preventative commissioning systems will be expected to work collaboratively and recognise the mutual benefits of simple and straightforward pathways between them.

Next steps

Expressions of interest are welcomed from suitably qualified and experienced providers who appreciate and are willing to embrace  the benefits of working in partnership and can deliver independent advocacy services that deliver the above vision and strategic objectives .

An information event will be held on

Monday 8th December 2014  

10am – 12 noon (Registration from 9.30am)

Conference Room 2

Fred Perry House,  Edward Street, Stockport SK1 3XE  (Next to Stockport Town Hall)


This event is for parties to hear more about this exciting opportunity

It will also be an opportunity for you to meet with other providers to discuss possible partnerships, communicate the strengths and interests of your own organisation & participate in the process of identifying what `good’ advocacy casework looks like.

·         In responding to this invitation, please indicate if you would like a space to display information about your organisation for discussion with other attendees. Space will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

·         To register for a place and/or a place on a display stand please email Gill Walters< /P>

·         NOTE, you must register in order to attend.

Please could you also indicate if you are willing for the contact details of your organisation to be shared with other delegates



Mr Christopher Conway
Email Address:
0161 912 2744
STaR Shared Procurement Service
Trafford Council, Trafford Town Hall
Greater Manchester
M32 0TH
United Kingdom
Key Dates
28/11/2014 15:20
08/12/2014 16:00
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