Advocacy Focus Retains Mind Gold Award for Workplace Wellbeing

Placing second overall out of 114 organisations and recognised by the charity Mind, for our mental health policies and procedures and overall staff satisfaction. Read more

Awards Season Kicks off with a Bang for Advocacy Focus

It's been a busy 12 months for us an many charities, and now we've been recognised at two awards ceremonies! See what we've been shortlisted for here. Read more

Volunteers Week 2021: Meet Ben

It's Volunteers Week (1st-7th June) and to showcase some of the amazing work our volunteers do, we'd like to share Ben's story. [Independent Visitor service]. Read more

How to bring nature indoors when you can’t get outside

This year's Mental Health Awareness Week is all about nature, but what happens when you can't get outside to enjoy its benefits? Let us bring nature to you! Read more

Helping Elizabeth

Elizabeth* was detained under Section 3 of the Mental Health Act. She had been in hospital for a year, following various trials and seemingly ineffective treatments. Elizabeth’s multi-disciplinary team (MDT) at the hospital were considering electro-convulsive treatment. Read more

Helping Chris

Chris* was detained in hospital under Section 2 of the Mental Health Act due to concerns around his safety. When the advocate first met with Chris, he expressed that he felt that he was not being listened to and felt that people were “talking about me and not to me” – he did not feel in control of his situation. Read more

Helping Neil

Neil* is an older gentleman with schizophrenia who was detained at hospital under Section 3 of the Mental Health Act. Neil was unhappy at being in hospital and felt as though he did not have a mental illness, nor did he require any treatment. Initially Neil declined the advocacy service, but after months of continuing to offer our support Neil began to accept the help of an advocate. Read more

Helping Jane

Jane* had been detained on the ward for several months and felt very anxious about her care and treatment plan. When the advocate met with Jane, they explained her rights under the Mental Health Act. As Jane stated she did not wish to be detained, the advocate ensured Jane understood her right to appeal her section. Read more

Advocacy Focus's Roadmap out of lockdown

Today as restrictions ease a little bit, following the recent publication of the Government's "roadmap out of lockdown", we will be delivering our services face to face again. Read more

Amazon Smile

A really simple way to help support our charity is by using Amazon Smile whenever you make purchases through Amazon. For all eligible Amazon Smile purchases Amazon will contribute 0.5% of the price to your chosen charity at no cost to you. As of Feb 2021 Amazon has donated £7,460,532.47 to UK charities. Read more

What is advocacy?

Advocacy is a service that helps people in our community to gain access to representation and support when they are vulnerable or in need of help. Read more

There Is Always Hope campaign

Last week saw the launch of the #ThereIsAlwaysHope campaign. A partnership between our Patron Jake Mills, from Chasing The Stigma, in partnership with Network Rail Read more

Your Time Is Now - by Justine Hodgkinson

An article from our CEO Justine Hodgkinson celebrating International Women's Day 2021. Read more