Compass Advocacy Network

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Who are we

Compass Advocacy was set up in 1996 as a small self-help group for 12 individuals with learning disabilities. The group secured funding in 1999 and at this time became registered as a charity and company limited by guarantee. This enabled the group to set up an office base and employ 2 members of staff. The group began developing into new geographical areas locally and has continued to develop over the years.

Eddie, Director of CAN

The organisation underwent a re-brand in 2011, with help from Invest NI and was re-named CAN to better represent the new direction we are following. Advocacy, however, remains at the core of everything we do.

We remain a User-Led organisation who now employ 18 staff, have approximately 60 volunteers and the membership of the organization has grown dramatically with well over 250 individuals now accessing services from CAN on a regular basis.

We strive:

To enhance personal choice and decision making and to expand social involvement and social capital.
To increase the standard of choice of education, training and employment opportunities for people with learning disabilities.
To develop positive citizenship, participation and social inclusion.

We want people with a learning disability in our area:

To be confident and able to speak up for themselves,
To have access to a range of services including employment, training, social and recreational activities,
To play an active role in their local community,
To have their voices clearly heard.

We believe in:

Having Confidence to Face Challenge
User-Involvement
Being Action Focused and Responsive
Achieving the Highest Standard of Service Delivery
Equality
Inclusion

and…

Respect

To be part of our community or for more information about CAN, contact us on 02827669030.