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New mental health advocate joins Lamp

Jane Hastings joins the charity's established team.

Blue and white logo of mental health charity Lamp Leicester

Jane Hastings has been appointed as mental health charity Lamp's new Senior Community Advocate. She joins the charity from her previous role at Moneywise Plus and will extend the charity’s advocates team.

Jane will help to support clients with mental health-related services provided through primary care, such as GPs and NHS psychiatry departments.

Commenting on her new role, Jane said: "As well as previous experience supporting vulnerable people and working in the voluntary sector, I also bring real lived experience to my role with Lamp. I’ve struggled with my own mental health since I was 14. I can relate to how people feel as I’ve also been in a position where I haven’t had a voice.

"I’m looking forward to coming back into services that help and empower people, having more involvement directly with the people that we’re supporting. I want to share my skills and knowledge to provide them with a voice and help them to be able to navigate the system for themselves."

Jane Hastings has joined Lamp's team of mental health advocates.
Jane Hastings

Her previous work at Moneywise Plus saw her working with those "furthest away from the job market"; the long-term unemployed and those suffering with ill health.

Her work focused on service user support, data and quality, with the aim of skilling up individuals, empowering them to feel more confident about returning to work. Prior to that, Jane worked for Citizens Advice on disability rights and money advice projects. She is also a qualified carpenter, running her own home and garden maintenance business, and was also a delivery driver for Asda.

Lamp offers free to access mental health advocacy for people in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. The charity’s advocates can help those who have already been diagnosed with a mental health condition or might be experiencing early signs and symptoms, and be unsure where to turn. Lamp uses a person-centred approach to each case that it supports by taking the side of that person and working in partnership with them to secure inclusion, equality and social justice.

Richard Kotulecki, Chief Executive of Lamp added: "Lamp’s advocacy provides people with the independence, clarity of purpose and equal opportunity to make a positive difference to their mental health journey and help them to rebuild their lives.

"Jane’s appointment extends our expert team, and her lived and professional experience will really strengthen the team as demand for our services continues to increase."


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