PUBLIC GUARDIAN OFFICIAL VISIT TO ASCENSION ISLAND

St Helena Government (SHG) is pleased to announce that the Public Guardian for St Helena & Ascension Island, Gavin 'Jack' Thomas, will be undertaking an official visit to Ascension Island from 8 � 12 December 2018.

As Public Guardian for both Islands, Gavin will be fulfilling his role in carrying out the legal functions of the Mental Health and Mental Capacity Ordinance, 2016 (MH&MCO 2016). The Ordinance protects individuals who may not have the mental capacity to make certain decisions for themselves such as about their health and financial affairs. The Public Guardian also helps people plan ahead for someone to make certain important decisions for them, should they become unable to do so for themselves.

SHG welcomes the opportunity to work collaboratively across both Islands to promote decision making and individuals' right to choose, whilst upholding the principles of the MH&MCO 2016. During his visit to Ascension, Gavin will be available to speak with members of the public about registering lasting powers of attorney (LPA), the appointment of deputies and other aspects of his role. He will also provide guidance, support, and direction, to improve awareness of LPAs and Deputyships.

Individuals, couples, or families on Ascension Island wishing to make an appointment with the Public Guardian from 9 � 11 December 2018, may do so in advance by contacting Gavin 'Jack' Thomas or Sasha Osborne at Brick House, Jamestown, St Helena Island on telephone number: 22713 or via email: gavin.thomas@sainthelena.gov.sh or sasha.osborne@sainthelena.gov.sh. Appointments will be flexible throughout the day and evening.

SHG encourages members of the public on St Helena to also contact the Public Guardian regarding options available to them in planning for their future and to find out more about LPAs and Deputyships.

Source: St Helena Government

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