Oswestry charity celebrating 25th year


Shropshire Peer Counselling & Advocacy Service the Charity founded in 1995 by the Shropshire Disability Consortium, provides a community based independent advocacy service for people with any disability, over the age of 18, in Shropshire & Telford & Wrekin.

We are a local registered charity based in Oswestry and are very proud to be celebrating our 25th year. We regard this as a great achievement as many local charities do not make it this far. We are proud to have achieved the Quality Mark in Advocacy in 2017.

Simon Arthur had the idea for our charity as he recognised a need to support individuals with disabilities so that their voice can be heard.  Mr Paul Harris became the first Chair of PCAS until his early death in 2008.  His wife Clare superseded him until 2018 when Doreen Ellis took over as Chair.

The Charity is managed by a Board of Trustees who help PCAS to maintain its independence. The Board holds a strategic role, having responsibility to oversee effective governance and to ensure that PCAS meets its legal and charitable obligations.  Our Trustees have a variety of experience, interests and backgrounds and you can find out more about them on our website.

Simon Arthur has been Manager of the Charity since 2004 and he has continued the legacy of being totally committed to ensuring individuals with disabilities are as involved as they can be in decisions that affect their own lives and are safeguarded against inappropriate decisions being made for them.

We currently employ a team of seven advocates working throughout Shropshire and Telford.  They are trained to listen, understand and act on our Clients’ issues sensitively, and for the benefit of the Client.

The team at PCAS is here to help any adult (18 or over) who is struggling with

  • physical disability
  • mental health issues
  • hearing or sight constraints
  • learning difficulties

Please view our website to hear from some of our Clients.  They tell their own stories and talk about what having an Advocate means to them and the effect it has on their daily lives.

PCAS is funded totally by charitable donations, both big and small.  We are a non-profit organisation. We have realised that many people do not know what Advocacy means and we are trying to raise  awareness in the community.

If you so wish, you may make a donation on our website, by cheque or cash, or by leaving us a legacy to continue our work for the local people who need our help.

We are pleased to announce that PCAS was chosen by the Richard Burbidge and Atkinson & Kirby in Chirk to be the Charity that they will support this year.  The employees voted and we were their choice!  They will be organising fundraising events, such as raffles and cake baking events on our behalf.  They will also attend our own fundraisers, such as our Cabaret Evening & Buffet Supper to be held on April 11th at the Carriages in Oswestry.  Various acts are taking part and the “Mirrors” will be headlining.  Hopefully, a good night will be had by all!

We thank everyone who has donated to our raffle.

  • Arla
  • Sainsburys
  • Aldi
  • Morrisons
  • Lidl
  • Hays Travel
  • Various Individual Donors

OUR MISSION STATEMENT IS:-

PCAS provides independent advocacy for adults with any disability, physical, sensory, learning or mental health.  We aim to be the Service of Choice, to secure Clients’ rights, services and to ensure that they are listened to, empowered and treated with respect.  We further aim to support social inclusion, equality and social justice for all, irrespective of sexual orientation or ethnicity.

Contact us:-

Telephone 01691 658058

E-mail          [email protected]

Website       www.shropshirepcas.co.uk

Pictured: Shropshire PCAS – Manager and Advocates

  • Published on 12th February 2020