Advocacy at Gaddum
Who is this service for?
Gaddum’s advocacy services are available to anyone who lives in Manchester, or is in a hospital here, and qualifies under the relevant legislation.
Where is it?
The team work in community and professional locations across Manchester. This can be hospitals, care homes and domiciliary settings.
What we do
Our aim is to help people in Manchester be heard by providing an advocacy service and helping them understand what advocacy can do.
Our advocacy service is all about helping people to be heard and securing what’s right for them. Our team will represent and help people in need to obtain the services they need.
Gaddum Advocacy provides all the statutory advocacy provision in Manchester. I aim to strengthen the voice of Manchester citizens through the promotion, delivery and understanding of advocacy.
Statutory Advocacy is underpinned by relevant legislation. Only qualifying individuals are entitled to an Advocate.
Our Culturally Appropriate Advocacy service works with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people in Manchester who are accessing Mental Health services to ensure their voice is heard.
Who are we?
Independent Mental Capacity Advocate
Independent Mental Capacity Advocates support adults in Manchester that lack the capacity to be actively involved with decisions regarding their care and treatment, and don’t have anybody appropriate to represent them.
Independent Care Act Advocate
A Care Act Advocate works within the framework of a law called the ‘Care Act’ to support people to have choice and control over their care and support.
Independent Mental Health Advocate
Independent Mental Health Act advocates inform people of their rights under the Mental Health Act, to make sure they are upheld.
Independent Health Complaints Advocate
An Independent Health Complaints Advocate assists those who are thinking about, and those who are making a complaint to the NHS.
What will an advocate help you to do?
1. Learn about your rights and responsibilities
This can be done through looking at relevant laws and rules. You can also look on services websites and look at their policies.
2. Decide what you want to say
Think about what is important to you. Remember that you have the freedom to make basic choices about your life.
3. Plan the action you need to take
Make a list of all the actions you need to take and include any deadlines.
4. Ask for support if you need it
Sometimes you need help from other people to help secure your rights. Talk to family, friends or reach out to community groups.