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Advocacy

Advocacy helps people to express their views and exercise their rights. Advocates work alongside people supporting them to:
  • explore options and choices
  • share feelings and wishes
  • access information and services that may be able to help

Advocacy is a free, independent of health and social care services and confidential.

Cumbria County Council commission a range of statutory advocacy services for adults in Cumbria including:

Independent Mental Capacity Advocates (IMCAs) provided under the Mental Capacity Act (2005)

IMCAs work with people who have been deemed to lack capacity to make an important decision in their life and they have no family or friends who are able to help. For more information visit People First Cumbria

Independent Mental Health Advocates (IMHAs) provided under the Mental Health Act (1983, 2007)

IMHAs work with people to help them understand their rights under the Mental Health Act and participate in decisions about their care and treatment. For more information visit Carlisle Eden MIND

Care Act Advocacy provided under the Care Act 2014

Independent Care Act Advocacy supports people and their carers to be fully involved in decisions about their care and support. This includes needs assessments, reviews and adult safeguarding processes. For more information visit People First Cumbria

Independent NHS Complaints Advocacy

Independent NHS Complaints advocates work with people who live in Cumbria who wish to raise a concern or complaint about any aspect of NHS care or treatment. For more information visit People First Cumbria  

Healthwatch Cumbria provided under the Health and Social Care Act 2012

Healthwatch Cumbria is set up to champion the views and experiences of people who use health and social care services with the goal of making services better and improving wellbeing. For more information or to share your experience visit www.healthwatchcumbria.co.uk

To find out more, see the Cumbria Support Directory or contact your local Adult Social Care office