Advocacy services

What is advocacy?

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Advocacy is taking action to help people:

• Express their views and wishes

• Secure their rights

• Have their interests represented

• Access information and services

• Explore choices and options.

Advocacy promotes equality, social justice and social inclusion. It can empower people to speak up for themselves.

Advocacy can help people become more aware of their own rights, to exercise those rights and be involved in and influence decisions that are being made about their future. In some situations an advocate may need to represent another person’s interests. This is called non-instructed advocacy and is used when a person is unable to communicate their views.

Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA)

IMCA is a statutory advocacy service introduced by the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (the Act). The Act gives some people who lack capacity a right to receive support from an IMCA.

Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA)

What is an IMHA?

An IMHA (Independent Mental Health Advocate) is a specialist mental health advocate. The changes to the Mental Health Act meant that there is a legal duty to provide IMHA advocates for eligible people from April 2009.

The IMHA is not meant to replace existing advocacy, legal advice or support, but will work alongside them.

Advocacy services across the Trust

North Lincolnshire

Cloverleaf Advocacy Services

Address: Ashby Clinic, Collum Lane, Ashby, DN16 2SZ, tel: 01724 854952 fax: 01724 854956, email:


Absolute Advocacy

Independent Advocacy for:

  • People with mental health needs
  • Older people
  • People with physical or sensory impairment
  • Care Act advocacy
  • Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA)
  • Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) advocate
  • Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA)

Address: Unit 3, Bessemer Way, Bessemer Business Park, Rotherham, S60 1EN Tel: 01709 794294  Email


For a referral form please click here:


Doncaster Advocacy Service (VoiceAbility)

Independent Advocacy for:

  • Community advocacy
  • Care and support advocacy
  • Care Act advocacy
  • Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA)
  • Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) advocate
  • Relevant Person’s Representative (RPR)
  • Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA)
  • NHS complaints advocacy
  • Children and young people’s advocacy

Referral forms


Voiceability Doncaster_referral_form

Address: 24-26 Wood Street, Doncaster, South Yorkshire DN1 3LW, tel: 01302 319052, web:   email:  Freephone: 08081646125  Text number for referrals 07860017624

Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA)Service

This is provided by Cloverleaf Advocacy Services until September 2018.

Contact details to follow