The Advocacy Centre North can put individuals in touch with a community advocate who can help them to find information, talk things through, support them at meetings and appointments and help them talk to professionals. The service is available to anyone who has mental health problems, learning disabilities, physical disabilities or is an older person living in Newcastle.
What is advocacy?
- Advocacy is taking action to help people say what they want, secure their rights, represent their interests and obtain services they need.
- Advocates work in partnership with the people they support and take their side.
- Advocacy promotes social inclusion, equality and social justice.
Our Advocates are:
- On your side
Our Advocates can help you with things like:
- Understanding your rights
- Getting the health, housing and social care services you need
- Finding information
- Dealing with letters and phone calls
- Supporting you to keep safe from abuse
We recruit, prepare and support volunteer advocates for some of our work. For more information see our website or contact us.
Advocacy Centre North provides a range of services for people in vulnerable circumstances, mainly to adults living in Newcastle:
Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Advocacy supports adults from BME communities with health and social care issues.
Community Advocacy provides a range of advocacy support for adults of any age with disabilities and physical or mental health needs.
Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) supports people from Newcastle, Gateshead and Northumberland subject to the Mental Health Act around their care and treatment.
Mental Health Advocacy supports adults with mental health needs.
Independent Metal Capacity Advocacy (IMCA) supports people in Northumberland who lack capacity to make important decisions about their care