An advocate is someone who can both listen to you and speak for you in times of need. An advocate is not part of the NHS so will not give their personal opinion. The advocate will also help defend your rights and responsibilities and speak out for you and with you about things that matter to you. They can go to meetings, write letters or reports and speak on your behalf.
If you use local services contact:
Healthwatch Independent Complaints Advocacy (Merseyside and Cheshire)
The Gateway Conference Centre
71 London Road
Liverpool L3 8HY
Helpline – 0808 8010389
For High, Medium and Low Secure services contact:
Independent Mental Health Advocacy Service
Central Services Building
Liverpool L31 1HW
Tel: 0151 472 4583
Specialist Learning Disability services
Our Specialist Learning Disability Division works with an external advocacy agency who are local experts in working with people in secure forensic settings. Service users are able to involve them easily if they need advocacy support and can choose who they would like to support them in meetings.
To find out more about these advocates contact team leader Gemma Armer: 01254 821202 firstname.lastname@example.org