Advocacy is a way of supporting people to make sure their voices are heard and their needs are met. Advocates help people express their opinions, make their own informed choices, and exercise their rights. Advocates are independent from our Trust. They are non-judgmental and confidential, and will only act on the wishes of the person they are advocating for.
We work closely with several advocacy organisations:
One Voice – We provide a voice advocacy service for service users in Wolverhampton.
Tel: 01902 810016
POhWER – We provide a voice advocacy service for service users in Dudley, Walsall and Sandwell.
PO Box 14043
Tel: 0300 456 2370
VoiceAbility –We run an Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) service for Dudley, Walsall, Wolverhampton and Sandwell. We also provide advocacy services for informal patients at Hallam Street Hospital in Sandwell and Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA) for people in Walsall, Wolverhampton and Sandwell.
Tel: 01902 255 015
You can read more about Voice Advocacy by clicking here, and more about Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) and Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA) by clicking here. Changing Our Lives are an independent self-advocacy organisation. They carry out Quality of Life Audits for our services for people with learning disabilities. Read more about Changing Our Lives by clicking here.
There are a number of other advocacy organisations working across the Black Country that may be of help. These include:
Sandwell Advocacy - Provide a free, confidential, and independent advocacy support to people who find it difficult to say and get what they want and need.
Rethink Mental Illness - Citizen advocacy scheme matching volunteer advocates with people with mental health problems. Advocates provide help with exploring options and choices and representing views.