An advocate is a person who can:

  • support you
  • help you access information
  • speak on your behalf when you don't feel comfortable speaking, and contact people by telephone, email or post
  • ensure you have a say in decisions that affect you

There are different types of advocacy. In certain situations you have a legal right to the following types of advocacy:

  • Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA) which supports people who lack capacity to make certain decisions
  • Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) which supports people treated or assessed under the Mental Health Act
  • Independent Care Act Advocacy (ICAA) which supports people who are receiving or being assessed for care
  • NHS Complaints Advocacy

Where to go if you need an advocate

Voiceability provide independent trained advocacy services across North Northamptonshire.

Last updated 15 November 2022