Independent advocacy services
The Bury Advocacy Hub is funded by Bury Council, Bury CCG and NHS England to provide independent advocacy services to the following groups:
- Care Act Advocacy (CAA) Online referral form here
- Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA) Online referral form here
- Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) Online referral form here
- Non Statutory Generic Advocacy Online referral form here
- Informal patients on acute mental health wards (contact us by email)
- People supported in the community through the Care Programme Approach (contact us by email)
- Young people at Hope and Horizon units (contact us by email)
** If you have any problems filling in the online referral form, please e-mail our administration team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is independent advocacy?
The aim of advocacy in all its forms is to ensure that people are not deprived of their rights through lack of information, lack of resources or lack of someone to speak up for them.
We aim to empower people by supporting them to express their views and concerns, to access information and services, to defend their rights and to explore their choices and options. We aim to promote self-advocacy through all of our work.
We will work in partnership with the people we support and will take their side.
Social care institute for excellence resources
- Understanding Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) for mental health staff (5 minutes) - see video here.
- Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) improving equality of access (7 minutes) - see video here.
- Understanding Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) for people who use services (5 minutes) - see video here