Stand Together Network

Advocacy and Counselling Services

We offer high-quality, confidential, personalised services that help our beneficiaries to achieve real improvements to their situations and overcome barriers.

STN is here to help

Do you feel like you're facing your struggles alone?

  • We’re here to offer an empathetic ear and a supportive presence.

Have you experienced unfair treatment?

  • Let us help you navigate these situations with dignity and strength.

Struggling to access the support you need? 

  • We can guide you through the available services and ensure you receive the assistance you deserve.

Feel like your voice is lost in the noise? 

  • We’re committed to amplifying your voice and ensuring it’s heard.

Uncertain about where to turn for help? 

  • Our services are accessible and designed to put your mind at ease about costs and accessibility. 

Life’s challenges can sometimes feel overwhelming, and having someone to advocate for your needs can make a significant difference.  At our Advocacy and Counselling Services, we’re dedicated to ‘fighting your corner’, offering compassionate support, and empowering you to overcome the hurdles you face. 

How We Can Help You

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We proudly offer a variety of courses and services at no cost. Whether you are an individual or an organisation, we warmly welcome your referrals. If you are considering making a referral, including self-referrals, please know that we are eager to hear from you. Your engagement in this process is greatly valued and plays a significant role in the success of our programs.

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Empowering Support at Your Reach

At STN, we don’t just help; we strive to exceed your expectations, offering unwavering support tailored to your unique needs. 

  • Championing Unmet Legal Needs: In a world where traditional paths to justice are increasingly obstructed, we stand firm in our belief that everyone deserves access to justice. Our commitment is to bridge this gap, ensuring that legal support is not a privilege but a right for all.
  • Multilingual and Culturally Attuned Services: Recognising the diverse needs of our community, we provide professional services in multiple languages, sensitive to cultural nuances. Our aim is to nurture the emotional and mental wellbeing of the community through understanding and respect.
  • Inclusive and Personalised Care: Our approach is person-centered, recognizing that each individual’s journey is unique. Our services are bespoke, crafted to meet the specific needs of each person we serve.
  • Advocacy for Empowerment and Inclusion: Our community advocacy services are more than just support; they are catalysts for empowerment and inclusion. We’re dedicated to helping you find your voice and space in the community.
  • Dedicated Caseworkers and Specialist Advice: Each individual’s journey is supported by an appointed caseworker, providing essential, specialized advice. Alongside this, our network of dedicated volunteers contributes additional legal services.
  • Training and Mentoring for Skill Acquisition: Our advocates are not just supporters; they are mentors and trainers. They work tirelessly to equip our groups with new skills, fostering growth and development. 

Our commitment at STN is to be more than a service provider; we are your partner in navigating challenges, ensuring that every step you take is towards a more empowered and inclusive future. 

Empowerment Through Advocacy at STN

At STN, we don’t just offer help — we enable empowerment. Our independent community advocacy and support services are designed to ensure your voice is not just heard, but also respected and acted upon. Here’s how we can assist you: 

  • Amplifying Your Voice: We ensure your concerns and perspectives are heard on matters crucial to you.
  • Championing Your Choices: Your preferences and decisions are paramount, and we work to make them known and respected.
  • Advancing Your Interests: We are dedicated to representing your interests effectively to secure the services and support you need.
  • Ensuring Consideration of Your Views: Your opinions and wishes are crucial in decision-making processes about your life.
  • Providing Access to Essential Information: We offer advice and guidance, making complex information understandable and accessible.
  • Equipping You With Knowledge and Skills: Our goal is to empower you with the tools and knowledge necessary to navigate your journey.
  • Fostering Freedom of Expression: We create a safe space for you to express your thoughts and concerns without fear.
  • Clarifying Choices and Options: Explore and understand your options for services with confidence and clarity.
  • Protecting and Promoting Your Rights: Your rights are our priority, and we work tirelessly to protect and promote them.
  • Guiding You to Additional Resources: Where necessary, we’ll direct you to other services and provide practical support. 

At STN, we are committed to empowering you to make informed decisions and to stand strong in your journey. Our support is more than a service; it’s a partnership for your empowerment and advocacy. 

Dedicated to Delivering Exceptional and Personalised Support

Our commitment at STN is to provide high-quality, confidential, and personalised services that catalyse real, positive changes in the lives of our beneficiaries. We help overcome barriers and navigate complex situations with a promise of unwavering support. Our advocates are dedicated to: 

  • Attentive Listening: We prioritize understanding your concerns by actively listening to your unique experiences and needs.
  • Impartiality and Non-Judgment: Our approach is rooted in impartiality and non-judgment, ensuring a safe and supportive environment.
  • Outcome-Oriented Guidance: We assist in contemplating possible outcomes and consequences, guiding you towards informed decisions.
  • Respect for Your Decisions: Your decisions and choices are respected, valuing your autonomy and personal journey.
  • Effective Communication Support: Our role extends to aiding you in articulating your thoughts, needs, and wishes, ensuring your voice is clear and heard.

At STN, our promise is more than just words — it’s a commitment to your well-being and empowerment. We stand by you at every step, ensuring the support you receive is not only effective but also respectful of your individuality and choices. 

Community Advocacy: Empowering Lives and Informing Choices

At STN, our community advocacy is all about empowering you to take charge of your life. We help you engage actively in decisions that affect you, access vital information, explore various choices and options, understand your human rights, and support you in living the life you envision. 

Responding to Increasing Challenges

Recently, we’ve observed a significant rise in cases of discrimination and injustice. Many individuals, particularly women, are facing daunting challenges:

  • Domestic Violence: Women are increasingly confronting domestic violence, often compounded by limited access to public resources due to their legal status.
  • Unfair Treatment: There is a growing number of cases involving unfair treatment by employers, landlords, and in situations leading to homelessness.

Strengthening Support through Partnerships

To address these escalating issues, STN has forged partnerships with Law Centres and is collaborating with a group of professional solicitors specializing in areas critical to our beneficiaries’ needs. These areas include: 

  • Immigration: Providing legal guidance and support in navigating the complexities of immigration law.
  • Housing: Offering solutions and advocacy for housing-related issues.
  • Domestic Violence: Ensuring those affected by domestic violence receive the legal support and protection they need.
  • Welfare Rights: Advocating for and defending the welfare rights of our beneficiaries. 

Our goal at STN is not just to offer temporary relief, but to provide long-term, sustainable solutions that empower our beneficiaries to overcome these challenges and lead fulfilling lives. 

STN is an accredited advice centre by AQS

Enhancing Community Well-being Through Partnerships and Expert Services . Our partnership with specialised legal and support organisations enables us to offer a comprehensive range of services, including: 

  • Specialist Legal Advice: Access to independent legal counsel for a variety of issues, ensuring rights and interests are protected.
  • Advocacy and Mediation: Tailored advocacy and mediation services to address individual needs effectively.
  • Representation Services: Professional representation to ensure voices are heard and justice is served.

Focused Outreach to Vulnerable Groups

A key focus of our mission is to extend our reach to those often overlooked: 

  • Support for BAME Women and Girls: We are deeply committed to reaching out to socially isolated, hard-to-reach women and girls from BAME communities, helping them overcome barriers to accessing mainstream emotional and mental health services. 

Flexible and Culturally Sensitive Support 

Understanding the diverse needs of our community, we offer:

  • Multilingual Support: Our services are available in Urdu, French, Arabic, and Turkish, delivered by professionally qualified, multilingual individuals.
  • Culturally Diverse Team: Our team’s varied cultural and linguistic backgrounds ensure a deep understanding and respect for different perspectives.
  • Phone and Face-to-Face Options: We provide support both over the phone and in person, catering to individual preferences and needs. 

Join Our Team of Volunteers 

We are constantly seeking passionate advocates and counsellors to join our team. If you are driven to make a difference in your community, we invite you to apply today. Your involvement could be a pivotal part of someone’s journey towards a better life. 

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