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Introducing our new Culturally Appropriate Advocacy Service for Greater Manchester

7th November 2023

HomeNewsIntroducing our new Culturally Appropriate Advocacy Service for Greater Manchester

A Greater Manchester Advocacy service for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people accessing mental health services.

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded DHSC (Department of Health and Social Care) funding for the Culturally Appropriate Advocacy Pilot (Phase II). We will be one of two pilot schemes in England funded as part of the government’s ongoing work into the reform of the Mental Health Act.

Our service

This service will be delivered in partnership by Gaddum and African and Caribbean Mental Health Services (ACMHS) and will deliver culturally appropriate advocacy to BAME people across the Greater Manchester ICB footprint who have experience of being detained under the Mental Health Act. Referrals for our service will open in December 2023.

Partnership working

Our service will be built with input from people with lived experience of accessing mental health services. We will coproduce our services and establish an ‘Experts by Experience’ advisory group.

We aim to expand the understanding of culturally appropriate advocacy across Greater Manchester through partnership working and delivering training. We will be working closely with both Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust NHS Foundation Trust and Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust to establish referral routes into our service alongside existing provision.

We will also work alongside Greater Manchester Advocacy providers to establish working arrangements that will see our advocacy services provided alongside existing statutory advocacy provision and offer secondment opportunities into our service.

About Gaddum

Gaddum is a charity providing services across Greater Manchester. By supporting individuals, we ultimately help support entire communities.

Gaddum delivered the DHSC’s Culturally Appropriate Advocacy Pilot (Phase I) from November 2021 to June 2022 across Manchester in partnership with ACMHS.  You can find out more about our phase 1 pilot here.

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Introducing Culturally Appropriate Advocacy

Join our team

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

Have your say

Are you Black, Asian, Arab or from another Ethnic Minority background? Have you been treated in hospital for your mental health?

We’d love you to join us for a discussion on improving mental health services and we want to ask the experts – you.

Our sessions will be in a safe and confidential environment led by our Advocates. All we ask is an hour of your time, so bring a brew and make yourself comfortable.

Come to any of the following online sessions at 10.30am, 12.30pm or 2.30pm. See you there.

Tuesday 14, Wednesday 15 or Thursday 16 November
Tuesday 12, Wednesday 13 or Thursday 14 December

To book your place email