What is ‘United’?

United by Advent Advocacy provides children and young people with a much needed safe space as part of the support network they deserve to have. We are a nationwide advocacy services provider with a specialism in mental health and have operated in this space for 13 years. We are here to ensure children and young people have access to key support by providing our United Wellbeing service within schools.

With a significant reduction in funding for Education and children’s services nationwide, a crisis in mental health care, and unparalleled social pressures, children today are facing much greater personal challenges than ever before. It is therefore crucial that children and young people have a strong support network around them in order to feel safe, understood, cared for, and to ultimately help them grow with a healthy mind.

We work in partnership with schools to ensure isolation in young people is reduced and that they receive the support they deserve when struggling with their mental health & wellbeing.

Problems children and young people face

Children and young people of today are under an immense amount of pressure. Every child and young person has their own unique story, but some of these challenges may include:

  • Pressures to achieve, including exams and school work
  • Peer pressure
  • Loneliness and isolation
  • Bullying, both online and offline
  • Pressures of social media & 24/7 social networking
  • Worries about body image
  • Sexuality and gender identity
  • Family problems
  • Pressures of materialism
  • Living in poverty
  • Child deprivation
  • Negative stereotyping
  • Climate change
  • Impact of global pandemic – Covid-19 (2020 crisis)

The lack of support available to our children and young people is startling and there is a clear need for urgent key support:

  • 27.5% of children who received free school meals said they were ‘often’ lonely, compared with 5.5% of those who did not.
  • 41.1% of children who reported ‘low’ satisfaction with their relationships with family and friends were ‘often’ lonely.
  • Only 9% of young people have found it easy to get support from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services due to long waiting times and barriers faced from referral stage through to treatment.
  • Children waited an average of two months (56 days) to begin treatment in 2019 – double the government’s four week target.

How do we help?

Here at United we offer support to children and young people by providing them with advocacy, wellbeing and mental health training and support, that is underpinned by our values as advocates. We teach children and young people self-advocacy and provide wellbeing and mental health toolkits and initiatives to empower and enable them to look after their mental wellbeing in the years to come.

At United we want everyone to understand what advocacy is and the positive impact it can have on people’s lives. Our name is the visualisation of how we hope that children and young people feel during and after spending time with their United advocate.

U –  Understood
N –  Not alone
I –  Important
T –  Together
E –  Empowered
D –  Decision making

United Advocates ensure children and young people know we are there to: listen to understand, they are not alone as we are with them, we see them as important, and we work together to enable them to feel empowered to make their own decisions. We are United.

United time

We offer support in the following ways which we call ‘United Time’:

  • Professional mental health support through 1-2-1 advocacy sessions; providing access points, wellbeing and self care training, and signposting.
  • Sessions in a group or class basis to discuss and inform all children and young people on what the definition of advocacy is, what it means for them and how a United Advocate can help.
  • Sessions in a meeting or assembly basis to offer training and raise awareness of the struggles vulnerable young people, carers and their families face, including those that are cared for. We ensure children and young people understand the difficulties their peers may befacing, many of which are facing additional isolation and a lack of support.
  • We also work with your staff to facilitate workshops and training, improving their skills and knowledge on mental health & wellbeing and the role advocacy plays in this.

We seek to empower children and young people to be able to selfadvocate. We are a team of Advocates who are committed to creating a society of empowered people who can self-advocate with confidence.

Accessing support

We understand the pressures schools are under and we are here for you to ensure your pupils and staff are supported.

Please get in touch for further information on how we can help your school through our United programme and how this can be implemented to fit in with your school day.

Together, we can make a positive difference to the lives of our children and young people.

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Do you know someone who could benefit from this specialist support?

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Please get in touch for a confidential chat to discuss how we can help.

For more info about our UNITED initiative, please contact us at united@adventadvocacy.co.uk or call us on 01325 776 554