Ipswich Citizen Advocacy Group

Ipswich Citizen Advocacy Group

Charity information

Ipswich Citizen Advocacy Group

Ace People First is a user led organisation which provides a free and confidential advocacy service for people with learning difficulties across Suffolk.

Founded 1993

  • Mission statement

    ‘‘ACE enables people to be in control of their lives by supporting them to have a powerful and effective voice. ’’

    ACE – Suffolk People First - is an independent and self-advocacy project based in Suffolk for people with learning disabilities.

    How Ace Started

    ACE began as two separate organisations. People for People (Ipswich Citizen Advocacy) and Suffolk Voice. Both organisations were formed in 1994.

    People for People was a citizen advocacy project funded by Opportunities for Volunteering and managed by The Children’s Society.

    Suffolk Voice started with European Funding and was a self advocacy organisation.

    These organisations worked informally together until the year 2000 when they came together to form ACE (Advocacy Can Empower). The organisation is now known as ACE – Suffolk People First.

    At this point there were three part-time workers with one small office. Since then ACE has grown.

    ACE is the involvement project for people with learning disabilities for Suffolk.

    ACE facilitates People First Groups in Suffolk.

    ACE facilitate Advocacy Surgeries at Work Projects and Day Centres in Suffolk.

    ACE also works with Student Social Workers from University Campus Suffolk and Anglia Ruskin Cambridge.

  • Aims

    Ipswich Citizen Advocacy Group aims to:

    • To support people with learning disabilities to have a voice and be heard and take control of their lives and gain independence
  • Overview

    Established: May 1993

    Registered Charity Number: 1021800

    Board members: 10

    Full time staff: 3

    Part time staff: 3

    Volunteers: 4

    Phone number: 01449 678088

    Address: c/o Red Gables Ipswich Road Stowmarket Suffolk IP14 1BE

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