MP hails service

Hartlepool MP Iain Wright cuts a ribbon to open the new advocacy service in the Stranton Centre with a little help from Mike Battle (left) and Mary Driver.
Hartlepool MP Iain Wright cuts a ribbon to open the new advocacy service in the Stranton Centre with a little help from Mike Battle (left) and Mary Driver.

HARTLEPOOL MP Iain Wright was on hand to officially launch a new service that helps people to speak up on issues affecting them.

Mr Wright was at The Stranton Centre, in Southburn Terrace, for the unveiling of the Stranton Generic Advocacy Service, a new voluntary organisation which can offer support to people on a wide range of issues such as housing, employment, health and social care.

Advocate Joanne Mason said: “We were pleased to have Mr Wright to come along and officially open our service.

“The day went well and we had a number of organisations who came along including Tilly, Bailey & Irvine (TBI) solicitors, Hartlepool Voluntary Development Agency’s (HVDA) 50+ Forum, Families Information and Support Hub, Epilepsy Outlook, Hartlepool Carers & Healthwatch.

“We also had card stalls, face painting, teas and coffees, a cosmetics stall and a cake stall.

“It was a great opportunity for us to network with other organisations and let them know about the service we offer.

“We were also able to help more clients who were in need of our advocacy service.

“We can make phone calls, write letters, attend meetings and make sure that any agreements are followed up.

“We encourage people to try and speak up for themselves with our support and help them to look at what choices and options they have. We listen to what you want and work together with you in expressing your views and opinions as if they were our own.”

Mr Wright took to social networking site twitter shortly after the event to tweet: “Honoured to open the Stranton Generic Advocacy Service this morning. Providing a great service to Hartlepool people. And fantastic cakes too”.

The service runs on an appointments-only basis, by calling (01429) 297099 or emailing strantonadvocacy@gmail.com. Visit www.strantonadvocacy.co.uk for more details.