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HomeCulturally Appropriate Advocacy

Gaddum has been selected as one of 2 Advocacy providers across the country to deliver a ‘Culturally Appropriate Advocacy Pilot’, funded by the Department of Health and Social Care.

This pilot was commissioned following The Independent Review of the Mental Health Act, which found that people from Black Asian and Minority Ethnic groups are more likely to be detained under the Mental Health Act than other ethnic groups, and report worse outcomes during their care and treatment.

Through this project we are increasing access to culturally appropriate advocacy in Manchester: this is when Advocates can meet the needs of people’s particular religious, cultural or language requirements to help them effectively advocate for the care and treatment they need.

We are doing this by:

  • Employing BAME Advocates with a track record of providing Advocacy to BAME people with Mental Health needs.
  • Providing group advocacy services to people in in-patient psychiatric settings.
  • Providing group advocacy sessions in the Windrush millennium centre.
  • Providing training and information sessions.

Gaddum are delivering this pilot in partnership with our existing partner African and Caribbean Mental Health Services (ACMHS).

Our Culturally Appropriate Advocacy Pilot was shortlisted at the National Advocacy Awards 2022 for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Equality and Diversity’.

Gaddum Advocacy welcomes representatives from the Department of Health and Social Care.


For more information about the project, or to collaborate, please contact Lily Huggins, Advocacy Manager on You can also make a referral by can clicking on the button below.

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Culturally Appropriate Advocacy Leaflet

Tyler Richards, our Cultural Advocate working on the project, shares his typical day here

Here is some feedback from people who have accessed our Cultural Advocacy Services:

“I think it’s brilliant. I feel more confident that you can help me being Afro-Caribbean. Sometimes they (the psychiatric ward) don’t understand the way I express due to being Jamaican. We should have multi-cultural rooms in here that are themed to make everyone realise we have unique celebrated backgrounds. Just to make people think. They should be larger meeting rooms as ethnic communities tend to have bigger families, we only have 3 chairs in a corner room” – Sheryle.

“I feel I have a community support system but whenever I’m back in the wards it goes. They should be more support that’s not just a 10 minute ward round. Having these talks helps me feel more welcome and I feel listened to as an individual. In this ward there’s just a tele and small pool room. This is the only time I properly talk with other patients in a group setting. Makes me happy” – EA.

On Friday 10 June 2022, Gaddum were delighted to meet representatives from the Government Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC).

In attendance were Advocates from the Culturally Appropriate Advocacy Collaboration between Gaddum and our long-term partners, African & Caribbean Mental Health Services (ACMHS).

Find out more here.