An advocate is an independent person with suitable training and experience who can speak for you and express your views when you find it difficult to do so yourself. They will also help make sure you understand what is happening. The advocate’s only role is to help you be involved and make sure your voice is heard. They work independently of the council.
The council must make sure everyone with care and support needs is fully involved in decisions that shape their lives. Some people might have help from a family member or friend. For others, if there is no family member or friend to help and they have substantial difficulty being involved, the council will arrange an independent advocate to help.
- Find out more about independent advocacy and who qualifies
There are also other types of advocacy, such as Independent Mental Capacity Advocates (IMCAs) for people who lack the mental capacity to make decisions, and Independent Mental Health Advocates (IMHAs) for people with mental ill health. You can also find other services here that can advocate for people in a less formal way. There is also group advocacy, where people put across their shared views together, which could be through a support group, a service user forum or another similar group.
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Independent Mental Health Advocacy – a guide
Description: This guide explains Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) and what advocates do – it is also available in easy-read format for people with learning disabilities and as an accessible video in British Sign Language (BSL) with audio description and subtitles.
15-19 Broadway, Stratford, London , E15 4BQ
Telephone: 0300 123 3393 (Mind Infoline)
Description: Mind is a national mental health charity that offers a range of information and support services for people who experience any type of mental distress.
Rethink Mental Illness
89 Albert Embankment, London, SE1 7TP
Telephone: Advice and general enquiries: 0300 5000 927 or 020 7840 3188
Description: Rethink Mental Illness is a national voluntary organisation which campaigns on behalf of, and provides support to, people with a severe mental illness, their family and carers.
Rethink Springfield Advocacy Service
Rooms 11 and 12, Building 3, Springfield Hospital, 61 Glenburnie Road, London, SW17 7DJ
Telephone: 020 3513 6739
Description: This is an advocacy service for adults in the care of South West London and St Georges Mental Health Trust, and includes an IMHA (Independent Mental Health Advocate) service.
VoiceAbility IMCA service
Telephone: 0300 330 5499 (IMCA referrals only)
Description: Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy, or IMCA, is a statutory advocacy service for people who have been assessed as lacking the capacity to make a specific decision in their life.
VoiceAbility Wandsworth, Unit B102, Trident Business Centre, 89 Bickersteth Road, London, SW17 9SH
Telephone: 020 7924 7772
Description: VoiceAbility Wandsworth provides a range of independent advocacy services for adults living in Wandsworth.
Wandsworth Independent Living Forum (WILF)
Postal address only: Wandsworth Independent Living Forum, 3rd Floor Trident Business Centre, 89 Bickersteth Road, Tooting, SW17 9SH
Telephone: 020 8516 7768 or 07890 780 572
Description: WILF aims to support and promote independent living for all disabled people in the borough of Wandsworth, whatever their impairment or age.