Advocacy - support available to get your voice heard

Last updated on 27 Oct 2014

Do I need an Advocate?

  • Do you want things in your life to change?
  • Do you feel that you are not being listened to?
  • Do you feel like you are on your own?
  • Do you need help to speak up for yourself?

What is an Advocate?

  • Advocacy is free of charge
  • Independent
  • On your side
  • Helps you to find information
  • Talks things through with you to find out what you want
  • Supports you to get your views across at appointments and meetings
  • Helps you to understand your rights

What can an Advocate help with?

  • Accessing services such as Health, Housing, Social Care
  • Personal budgets
  • Safeguarding from abuse
  • Writing important letters
  • Making complaints

Advocacy Centre North provides different types of advocacy including;

Community Advocacy

Community Advocacy supports and empowers vulnerable people to be better able to make informed decisions about their lives and to speak up for themselves. Through support they can develop independence and self-advocacy skills so that their need for advocacy is reduced over time.

It is open to any vulnerable person aged 18 or over who lives in Newcastle and meets at least 3 of the following criteria:

  • requires support making their views known
  • is facing a major life change
  • has inappropriate support, or lacks support from services or family
  • has no-one independent with their interests at heart
  • has a poor quality of life which is adversely affected by the above factors

People who might benefit from this service include:

  • people with physical disabilities
  • people with learning disabilities
  • older people

Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA)

An Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA) can support someone who is subject to the Mental Health Act, (This may also be known as detained or 'sectioned' under the Act). Advocacy support may also be given to people on supervised community treatment or on guardianship orders, or if their treatment is subject to certain special rules.

The Advocacy Centre North can provide an IMHA who can provide support to

  • help patients understand information they are given by people involved in their care/treatment
  • help them to talk to the people involved in their care/treatment
  • access information about how the Mental Health Act applies to patient

Other services provided by Advocacy Centre North

  • Case Advocacy - for people with mental health needs
  • BME Case Advocacy - for people from Black & Minority Ethnic communities, around Health & Social Care issues

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