Changing lives for the better since 2000
From small beginnings in
2000 to supporting thousands across North East Wales
The Flintshire Mental Health Advocacy Scheme (FMHAS) began in 2000 with one part time ‘scheme co-ordinator’ based in a very small office in Mold.
Initial funding for the service came from the supporting people’s monies from the Welsh Assembly Government; this was match funded by Flintshire Social Services for Adult Mental Health. With training delivered by the coordinator, volunteer advocates were soon working with people throughout Flintshire and the hospital units in neighbouring counties.
In 2003 the service became a company limited by guarantee and also a registered charity, the service has achieved the Advocacy Quality Performance Mark in May 2010 (this was renewed in 2015 and again in 2018).
The service is managed by the Board of Trustees, with the day-to-day management of the organisation and its staff being the responsibility of the Service Director – Sue Woods.
2012 saw the service change its name to Flintshire Advocacy Services (FAS) and an office move.
With our expansion into Wrexham in 2015 we became ASNEW – Advocacy Services North East Wales
And in 2017 we moved to our current home at:
1st Floor Offices, 42 High Street, Mold, Flintshire CH7 1BH
Due to continuous development, there is now a Service Director, Support Services Manager, Advocacy Manager, a Team of Qualified Advocates, two Self Advocacy Facilitators, a MHFA Trainer and a Support Services Administrator.
In 2019 our services stretch accross north wales with our Community, IMHA & IMCA services covering Flintshire and Wrexham;
Carers service covering Flintshire, Wrexham and Denbighshire;
SAFE covering Flintshire and Conwy;
and RPRs as far as Gwynedd and even Manchester.