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What is advocacy?

Independent 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. 

What does advocacy mean to you?
We have commissioned two new films about advocacy:

Voices of Advocacy: our service users tell us what advocacy means to them
It’s a Win-win: service users, advocates, referrers and commissioners talk about the importance advocacy


About us

Advocacy Centre North provides a free, independent, high quality and ethical advocacy service that:

  • Helps people to be aware of their rights and available choices
  • Supports them to make informed decisions about their lives and then to have them acted upon wherever possible
  • Facilitates their voices being heard
  • Helps them advocate for themselves
  • Informs and influences decision makers in policy, service commissioning and provision at a local, regional and national level to achieve positive change
What we do

Our community services

Advocacy Centre North provides a range of services for people in the community in vulnerable circumstances.

BME Advocacy: supports adults from Black and Minority Ethnic communities in Newcastle with health and social care issues.

Community Advocacy: a range of advocacy support for adults in Newcastle with disabilities and physical or mental health needs.

Families Through Crisis Advocacy: provides support to families in crisis in Newcastle.

Hate Crime Advocacy: supports victims of hate crime across Northumberland, Tyne and Wear.

Mental Health Advocacy: supports adults in Newcastle with mental health needs with health and social care issues.

Neurological Advocacy: a specialist service for adults with neurological conditions who live in Newcastle and Gateshead.

Partners in Health Advocacy: provides support to people around appointments in specific GP practices in Newcastle.

Partners for Justice Advocacy: supports victims of crime in Durham and Darlington with mental ill-health.

Rights based Advocacy: supports vulnerable adults in Newcastle and Gateshead who have suffered discrimination or disadvantage.

Welfare Advocacy: supports adults in Newcastle with disabilities and physical or mental health needs who are in crisis and in need of advocacy support around poverty and benefits, supporting them to develop skills to navigate the system.

Fulfilling Lives: helps people in Newcastle and Gateshead with complex needs and chaotic lives to move from crisis to stability.

Statutory Advocacy in Gateshead:

Advocacy Centre North provides statutory Advocacy services in Gateshead. For more information go to statutory advocacy

Other services: We also provide all types of advocacy on an individually funded basis.

DIY Advocate: our new app is coming soon and will help you make decisions and find out more about your rights and choices and advocate for yourself. Watch this space for more details!

To find out more or make a referral

If you would like to make a referral to any of our community services, either for yourself or for someone else, you can email us or fill in a referral form. For more information, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone us on 0191 235 7013.

To make a referral to our statutory advocacy services in Gateshead for yourself or someone else, please go to statutory advocacy

Quality Performance Mark

View our previous and current Quality Performance Mark reports

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