BATIAS was set up in 1992 to support people with learning disabilities through the closure of a long stay hospital in South Ockendon and the client’s transition into smaller homes in the local community. BATIAS has since grown and offers different types of advocacy support.
The Charity works with some of society’s most vulnerable people, enabling them to become active citizens, promoting positive social inclusion in the local community and developing the client’s social networks and life opportunities.
BATIAS has a range of services from formal advocacy where a paid advocate works one to one with clients who have a crisis or issue. to self- advocacy groups where clients attend to discuss issues they are facing, to learn skills to help them speak up for themselves, some of these groups have a theme such as our Keeping Safe groups where clients are supported to think about how to keep themselves safe both at home and when out in their community.
We also have our social club every Tuesday in South Ockendon where clients can meet up with friends old and new, and take part in a variety of activities from Bingo and pool competitions to disco nights, talent nights, and games nights.