Advocacy Focus were re-accredited with the Advocacy Quality Performance Mark (QPM) from the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTI).
We launched the concept of 'Pop Up' Advocacy across Lancashire and ultimately look to spread this across the North West as the year progresses.
Our team were proud finalists in the annual Hyndburn Business Awards in the category of 'Large Business of the Year', and we also went on to win the Selnet Enterprise in Society Award for ‘Excellence in Training and Mentoring’.


Advocacy Focus relocated its Head office to the iconic Old Tannery in Accrington owing to team expansion. 
We signed the Time to Change Employee Pledge in order to help banish the stigma that surrounds mental health in the workplace.
Our award-winning ways continued when we were crowned ‘Outstanding Service’ category winners at the National Advocacy Awards, and our long-serving Advocate, Leanne Barber, was recognised as Highly Commended in the ‘Outstanding Advocate’ category.  


Advocacy Focus proudly picked up the Selnet Enterprise in Society Award for ‘Most Effective Partnership’ based on our work with Lancashire Care Foundation Trust and Lancashire County Council in the development of the trailblazing ‘Opt Out Protocol’ for mental health advocacy.


Our organisation emerged into the community as an officially registered independent charity recognised as Advocacy Focus.


The Lancashire Consortium for Advocacy was Highly Commended by the National Charity Awards for partnership work in delivering Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy services across Lancashire, Blackburn with Darwen and Blackpool.


Our organisation was awarded a three-year contract from Children in Need to deliver an advocacy service to support young people with learning disabilities through their transitions from Children’s Services into Adult Social Care Services.


ELAS successfully achieved the National Advocacy Standards Award, and became only the fifth provider in the country attain this accreditation. 
We became a key part of the working group on the development of the National Advocacy Qualification.


Our organisation became part of a pioneering collaboration between three advocacy services to create the Consortium for Advocacy, and we went on to extend services into Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy.


Our organisation secured the coveted Investors in People Award, which we still hold to this day.


Following a period of steady and significant growth, our organisation was supplemented by the additions of a Mental Health Advocacy service and a Citizens Advocacy project. 


Let's head all the way back to 1998... What is now known as Advocacy Focus was officially founded when the former East Lancs Advocacy Service (ELAS) became recognised a registered charity providing Generic Advocacy in the community.  From there, we built firm foundations, and continued to grow...