Kirklees Advocacy Service

The mental health system can be complicated. We can help you to know your rights and to speak up for them. 

This page is for our Community Mental Health Advocacy Service. For information on our hospital advocacy support head to our Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) page.

 

Touchstone makes a difference to the lives of people, working together with them to improve their health and wellbeing.

The Kirklees Advocacy Service enables people who have experienced or are experiencing mental health problems to:

  • Understand their rights and speak up for themselves
  • Find good information and make important decisions
  • Take control of their own recovery and support

Download our referral forms:   Community Advocacy    Hospital (IMHA) Advocacy

Our support will help you to…

Volunteers and service users getting involved in Touchstone events

  • Identify what you are good at – your strengths
    and abilities – and build your confidence to get
    stuff done.
  • Decide what you want to be different and what
    changes you will make.
  • Meet other people who have similar
    experiences, and get support from them.
  • Work out how you can use your own experiences
    to change the lives of other people.
  • Become a member of Meeting of Minds a group of people who want to influence and change the way people with mental health problems are treated.
  • Learn how to be an advocate.
  • Become a trainer and pass on your knowledge to
    other people and organisations.
  • Become a trainer and present your work at events and conferences.
  • Become an evaluator and tell organisations what they are doing well and how they can improve.

What’s in it for you?

  • You will get to influence and change things that you do not like.
  • You can get training to increase your knowledge and skills.
  • You can support other people who are in a similar situation to you.
  • You will meet new people who can support you.
  • Increase your confidence.
  • A chance to give something back.

Reports:

Read our 2016/2017 Annual Report

Funding:

Kirklees Advocacy Service is jointly funded by Kirklees Council, NHS Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group

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Kirklees Advocacy Service Contacts

Julia Kinch Administrator

01924 460 432

Helen Willmot Mental Health Advocate

01924 460211

Nick Dracup Mental Health Advocate

01924 460211

Nelson Wande Mental Health Advocate

01924 460211

Jane Mackay Manager

01924 460211

Phil Lockyer Mental Health Advocate

01924 460211