KAG is a not-for-profit charity that helps vulnerable people have a say in decisions that affect them and how they live their lives. We do this by providing independent advocacy support at no direct cost to individuals. Advocacy is provided by our specialist employed staff and trained volunteers.
Everything we do is governed by our core beliefs of social justice, self-determination and commitment to the individual. We listen to our clients, understand their needs, ensure they are aware of their rights and provide relevant information. Then, we support them in speaking up for themselves or, where this is not possible, we speak for them.
KAG became a CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation) with effect from 1st January 2014. The registered charity number for KAG Advocacy CIO is 1154696.
KAG has been awarded Quality Marks of QPM and Investor in People.
Helen Clarke was instrumental in establishing Kingston Advocacy Group (KAG) in 1988, while she was a Mental Health Social Worker at Long Grove Hospital in Surrey. Concern for institutionalised individuals being placed back in the community under the then new Care in the Community legislation inspired her to “want to make a difference”. Helen has led KAG to grow and develop into the broad based organisation it is today. Helen has a Masters Degree in Business Administration and she was honoured with an MBE in 2011 for her work in mental health.
Arfter graduating in 1967 with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering Jim joined what was then the fledgling computer industry. He worked for America`s largest computer manufacturer over the next 25 years in a variety of senior technical, sales and managerial roles. Subsequently he spent the next 15 years working in sales for several large computer software vendors.
After he retired in 2009 Jim volunteered at KAG Advocacy as an Appropriate Adult and a Citizen Advocate. He was elected as a trustee in 20011 and was able to bring his considerable business experience to the board and, since 2016 he has been chairman of the KAG board of trustees.
Find out how by contacting us at:
KAG Advocacy CIO
50 Canbury Park Road
Kingston Upon Thames
Tel: 020 8549 1028
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