Skip to main content

I’ll give you a voice when you need to be heard

HomeWhat is Advocacy?

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.

Advocacy might mean getting support from another person to help you express your views and wishes, and help you stand up for your rights. This is the role of an Advocate.

Our 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 service for people experiencing mental health needs.


Find out more

Advocacy at Gaddum

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

Our Advocates are committed to development, coproduction and providing culturally appropriate services.

We’ve also been recognised at the National Advocacy Awards – we were shortlisted in 2022 for both “Outstanding Service” and “Outstanding Contribution to Equality and Diversity”

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 racially minoritised people ( Black, Asian, Arab and Minority Ethnic people) in Greater Manchester who are accessing Mental Health services to ensure their voice is heard.


Find out more

What people say about our 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.