Breaking Barriers; New Health & Social Care Conference On 14th March 2018, Advocacy Focus will be hosting a brand new conference for health and social care professionals across the North West. ‘Breaking Barriers’ will work to bridge the gaps between services and help to provide even better outcomes for the people we support. The anticipated event will see an estimated 150 people in attendance, which will include senior health and social care professionals, local authority figures and local businesses and sponsors. We have guest speakers confirmed such as Mark Neary, author of 'Getting Steven Home,' a book about Mr Neary’s fight to bring his autistic son out of care, and Kate Mercer, owner of Kate Mercer Training, a well-established and trusted advocacy training provider. Kate has worked with the Department of Health and City & Guilds to successfully create the first qualifications in Independent Advocacy. The event will be hosted by Liverpudlian comedian, Jake Mills, who is also the founder of mental health charity, Chasing the Stigma. Jake has openly discussed his battles with depression and suicide and is an ambassador for Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) and trustee of Young Persons Advisory Service (YPAS). The event will see workshops ran by the British Institute of Human Rights, Anita Lindon, a MCA Practitioner, Kate Mercer and more. There will be 12 exhibition stands which will be occupied by a range of related charities, organisations and sponsors. The event will take place at Preston Grasshoppers Rugby Club and tickets will be priced at £25. Tickets will go on sale in January - limited spaces available.