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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
Our services

Go to our community services and our statutory services.

To find out more or make a referral
Quality Performance Mark

We provide high quality services and have been awarded an advocacy Quality Performance Mark since 2011. To find out more go to Quality Performance Mark.

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Our impact

We are proud of our record providing independent advocacy to people in need. Each year, we produce a review of our work to showcase the impact of our work, provide facts and figures about what we do and communicate information about other advocacy services in the area.

Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. us if you would like copies of past Annual Reviews or a paper copy of our latest annual review.

DIY Advocate

Advocacy Centre North has now launched the DIY Advocate.  To find out more click here

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