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What is Advocacy?

Advocacy is taking action to help people say what they want, secure their rights, represent their interests, and obtain the services they need.

Advocates work in partnership with the people they support and are independent from social services and the NHS.

At Gaddum we provide a culturally appropriate advocacy pilot service to people experiencing mental health needs.

Gaddum have trained and experienced advocates who give you a voice when you need to be heard. All advocacy services are free and confidential.

Gaddum has been awarded the Advocacy Quality Performance Mark (QPM) from the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi) for the provision of Excellent Advocacy services.

QPM AWARD The Gaddum Centre colour

Services we provide

Culturally Appropriate Advocacy

Our Culturally Appropriate Advocacy service works with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people in Greater Manchester who are accessing Mental Health services to ensure their voice is heard.


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Statutory Advocacy in Manchester: Voiceability

VoiceAbility are a national organisation that provide statutory advocacy in Manchester.

To refer to their service or if you have any questions you can reach them by:

Join our Team - Culturally Appropriate Advocacy Service Manager

Are you passionate about addressing racial disparities in mental health services? We’re looking for a Service Manager to lead our Advocacy service. 

We are seeking to appoint a Service Manager to lead on this project, on a fixed term basis until March 2025.   

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Our Culturally Appropriate Advocacy service works with Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME*) people across Greater Manchester who have received treatment under the Mental Health Act. We aim to address racial disparities in mental health services through Advocacy.  

This service is a DHSC pilot service, funded as part of the government’s ongoing work into the Mental Health Act reform. Gaddum will deliver this pilot scheme in partnership with our established partners, African & Caribbean Mental Health Services (ACMHS). 

What people say about my advocacy service

I would like to thank your advocate for all their advice, help and support over two years. I will forever be grateful to her and your service.

Advocacy client

I would not have been able to get as far as I did with my NHS complaint without the support from an Advocate. Thank you.

Advocacy client

I just wanted to thank you for your support throughout this case. We are so happy that we have our family member near us and we may not have without your involvement.

Family member

If you’d like to find out more about our service, please send an email to, or you can speak to one of our team by calling 0161 834 6069.