Eiriol has over 10 years experience with independent advocacy for mental health. We are a local charity supporting some of the most vulnerable people living in Carmarthenshire. Our services are free to the client and we depend entirely on the support of our funders and supporters. We aim to give the very highest quality of service to our clients and ensure our funds are used in the most efficient way possible.

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About Eiriol - History

Eiriol is a mental health advocacy service founded in 1998, under the management of Carmarthenshire Citizens Advice Bureau. In 2003, after listening to our service users, we became an independent organisation, with a board of trustees, most of whom were service users. Eiriol then registered as a charity and company limited by guarantee.

In 2003, funded by the local health board and local authority, Eiriol had one full time advocate, providing advocacy mainly to clients in hospital settings who had been detained under the Mental Health Act. Eiriol recognised that the need for advocacy support was far greater than this service could provide. Eiriol therefore sought out additional funding, and now employs twelve members of staff and has 3 projects in Carmarthenshire.

Our services are free of charge and we are independent from any other organisation and work solely under instruction from our clients.

At Eiriol we also raise awareness of mental health issues through information and training sessions with service users and their carers, professionals in health and care, social care, housing and benefits. Our research officer ensures that information is accurate and up to date.

What Types of Funding Does Eiriol Ask For?

At Eiriol we need two types of funding:

  • Project Funding
  • Core Funding

1. Project Funding

Most of Eiriols projects are time limited. We need funds not only to run the projects but also to bridge the gap between the end of one project and the next one.

At the moment we are running the following projects

  • Generic Mental Health Advocacy Project
  • 50+ Autonomy Advocacy Project
  • Carers Advocacy Project

We are seeking funding to continue all three of these projects as well as new funding in the following areas:

Parents Advocacy Project

2. Core Funding

Our project funding covers essential aspects of the management of each project but does not cover core needs such as business management and development, general administration and management.

Why Eiriol Needs Funding

Eiriol is an independent charity providing advocacy services to people in Carmarthenshire that are experiencing mental health issues and also for carers who look after people with mental health issues. These are some of the most vunerable people in society and often need significant advocacy support. Our services are provided on a confidential one-to-one basis and are free of charge. The demand for these services in increasing and we know there is a large unmet need for advocacy in many other groups e.g.parents, children, veterans etc.

We rely entirely on our funders to enable us to provide this service.

How Eiriol Operates

Eiriol’s activites and services are overseen by our Board of Trustees, led by Mr Andrew Harwick (chair). We encourage representation from our service users on the Board of Trustees to ensure our services consistently meet the real needs of our clients.

The Eiriol Board meets monthly with an updated agenda for discussion. The Eiriol manager reports directly to each board meeting on management and general matters. Financial matters are reported directly to the Treasurer on a monthly basis, the Treasurer reports to the Board Meeting.

The Board often requests presentations from other staff members to give an update on their specific roles.

Eiriol aims to operate an efficient and professional advocacy service. All our advocates have achieved or are working to achieve an advocacy qualification. In addition all our staff have their own training budget to ensure their training is kept up-to-date and relevant to their roles.

We aim for best practice in all our activities and endeavour to use our funding in the most efficient and effective manner. Together with the input from Board of Trustees, our finance planning and research/evaluation activities are invaluable to ensure our funds are used correctly and are achieving the best possible services for our clients.

The Eiriol Trustee Board

The Board of Trustees

  • Andrew Hardwick – Chair to the Board of Trustees
  • Liz Evans – Trustee
  • Diane Jones – Treasurer
  • Caroline Evans – Trustee
  • Paul Mason – Trustee
  • Steve Thomas – Trustee

If you’d like to know more about our trustees click here

New & Current Projects

Mental Health Advocacy (Generic) Service

This project can provide advocacy services to everyone over 18 in Carmarthenshire. Our independant advocates support people in the community with a wide range of mental health issues (from stress and anxiety to more serious conditions like schizophrenia).

We can give support even if the person feels that they are suffering with a mental health condition but have not been diagnosed. This project is of utmost importance to Eiriol as it forms the backbone of the service and covers the large numbers of people that are not eligible for our two other projects (50+ and Carers). This project is currently supported by Hywel Dda Health Board and Carmarthenshire County Council.

Mental Health Carers Advocacy Project

This project, funded by Carmarthenshire County Council, aims to support carers’ of people with mental health issues. It is entirely separate from our other two projects, as the carers themselves need not have mental health issues. It’s extremely important to support mental health carers as these are often the people who voluntarily care on a full-time basis for people who are extremely vulnerable. Without support they can often end up in difficult circumstances, and sometimes develop significant health problems themselves through their caring role. Although this is a smaller project than our mental health generic advocacy and the 50+ autonomy project, it’s advocacy services have already helped 92 people in 2014/2015 and we have plans for developing drop-in sessions early next year.