UKAN


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Links and contact details

This page is under construction and incomplete at the present time.

UKAN member groups by region

Scotland East Anglia
North-east South-east
North-west South-west
Wales London
Midlands Northern Ireland

Other UK organisations

International user/survivor organisations

Training and consultancy

UKAN member groups by region

Scotland

There are no entries for Scotland at the present time.

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North-west

Advocacy West Lancs
4 Church House
Park Road
Ormskirk L39 3AJ

T: 01695 579 666
E: support@advocacy-westlancs.org.uk

Provides advocacy for groups and individuals who may be vulnerable as a result of age, physical or mental illness or frailty through developing self-advocacy skills, increasing awareness of disempowered and marginalised groups and supporting volunteers.

Bolton Advocacy for Mental Health (BAMH)
30 Chorley New Road
Bolton BL1 4AP

T: 01204 527200
E: lilian.chamberlain@mhist.co.uk

Offers counselling, advocacy, support and information to people aged 16+ in the Bolton area who suffer low to medium mental health and their carers. Other activities include self-help groups for OCD, self-harm, depression, carers and bi-polar; a craft group; a music group and reiki therapy. Opening hours are 10 am - 1 pm.

HARP
Zion Community Resource Centre
339 Stretford Road
Hulme
Manchester M15 4ZY

T: 0161 226 9907
F: 0116 232 9970
E: info@harp-project.org

A mental health charity and voluntary sector organisation that has 5 projects based in Manchester. These include the HARP Advice Team and young person's project (YASP), both of which advise people with mental health needs on issues such as welfare rights, housing, debt and rehousing.  The HARP Cafe project employs volunteers who have, or have had, mental health needs.  Also runs a catering social business linked to the cafe, called Good Mood Food, which provides buffets and refreshments to various voluntary and statutory sector organisations in and around Manchester. The largest HARP project is Manchester Assertive Outreach, run in partnership with the Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust, providing intensive and flexible support to those in Manchester who have the most chaotic lives and problems engaging with services.

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North-east

INVOLVE
27 - 29 Netherhall Road
Doncaster DN1 2PG

T: 01302 812484
E: involve@doncastermind.org.uk
M: (For texting) 07505 904 079

Doncaster's only Mental Health Service User Group. Involved in all aspects of design, planning and delivery of mental health services in Doncaster.  Campaigns constantly to get the service user voice heard.  Has representatives on decision-making bodies at all levels in an attempt to get the service user voice heard but needs more people to represent them. Works closely with PCT Commissioning Manager/NHS Mental Health Services.

Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Service
Dial House
12 Chapel Street
Halton
Leeds LS15 7RW

T: 0113 260 9328
F: 0113 260 9334
(Admin and visits to the house - Fri., Sat. & Sun.)

Dial House is a comfortable place of sanctuary for people in times of emotional distress and crisis.

Connect Helpline: 0808 800 1212
(6 pm - 10.30 pm every night of the year)

Connect Helpline provides emotional support and information for people in crisis who live in the Leeds area.

Peer-to-Peer
ROCC Resource Centre
Doncaster Gate
Rotherham S65 1DE

T: 01709 374797

A  social firm producing hand-made soap and high-quality embroidered clothing and accessories. Provides an information service to mental health service users; advocacy in relation to advance directives; training in and facilitation of WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Planning) and training in other mental health issues.

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Wales

Mental Health Advocacy in Pembrokeshire (MAP)
The Liberal Chambers
4 St Mary's Street
Haverfordwest
Pembrokeshire SA61 2DR

T: 01437 762935
E: jo@map-pembrokeshire.org.uk

A small locally based independent charitable organisation. Aims and objectives are to relieve the effects of mental health problems amongst people living in Pembrokeshire through the provision of a comprehensive independent advocacy service covering people in all age ranges with mental health problems.

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Midlands

Aylesbury Vale Advocates
Pembroke Court
28 Cambridge Street
Aylesbury
Bucks HP20 1RS

T/F: 01296 432313
E: av_advocates@tiscali.co.uk

Provides advocacy support to adults (18 - 65) who have communication difficulties, most commonly either mental health problems or a learning disability.  Funded to help those living in the community in the Aylesbury Vale area.  Employs four part-time advocacy coordinators and a team of about 40 volunteers.  Has experience of running User-Focused monitoring projects and has recently been given a contract to run the IMCA service in local area in conjunction with Age Concern.

Oxfordshire Advocacy Development Group
Barton Neighbourhood Centre
Underhill Circus
Headington
Oxford OX3 9LS

T: 01865 741200
E: oadg@oadg.org.uk

A registered charity established 15 years ago. Volunteers are recruited, trained and supported to provide independent advocacy to people in Oxfordshire who need help to have their voice heard and views taken into consideration on matters of importance to them.  Also provides training in the principles of advocacy and advocacy for groups where a change of address is proposed.

OTAS
Bethel House
49 Palmer Crescent
Billington Park
LU7 4HY

A specialised and professional not-for-profit consultancy that provides advice and mental health and youth advocacy services within a socio-legal context. Team of advocates includes qualified family, social care and mental health lawyers, social workers, RGNs and RMNs. Has over 30 years of combined experience in social and healthcare and in the provision of both social care and legal services.

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East Anglia

Cambridgeshire Independent Advocacy Service
5 York Road
Peterborough PE1 3BP

T: 01733 758278
F: 01733 758277
E: enquiries@cias.org.uk

An advocacy service to support people with mental health problems speak up for their rights either individually or as a group. The service is client led, which means that the client decides what level of involvement they want the advocate to have in supporting them when they need help. Advocacy can provide support to discuss concerns, find information, understand situations, make informed choices and express points of view. Each of these can apply to any situation and is not restricted to matters directly relating to health issues. Examples are housing, employment, benefits, social services, family, medical treatment, criminal and civil law. Works alongside specialist advisors in each of these areas.

Norfolk Mental Health Advocacy Service
30 Coslany Street
Norwich NR3 3DT

T: 01603 766890
E: nmhas.admin@nmhas.org.uk

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South-east

Assert
Tunbridge Wells Mental Health Resource Ltd
62 London Road
Southborough
Tunbridge Wells
Kent TN4 0PR

T: 01892 542088
F: 01892 615552
E: zbissett@mentalhealthtunwells.org.uk

Runs two advocacy projects: one in the community with people with mental health problems and one on an acute psychiatric ward in Maidstone. The community project supports peope with various issues including CPA reviews. general meetings, debt issues, housing, benefits and children and family related work. The project on the ward works primarily to support patients at their weekly ward rounds.

Invicta Advocacy Network
7/9 Hythe Street
Dartford
Kent DA1 1BE

T: 01322 285234
E: dandgadvocacy@btconnect.com

Based in North West Kent and primarily serves the Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley areas. Provides short-term issue-based independent mental health advocacy and long-term one-to-one volunteer (citizen) advocacy. Facilitates two mental health service user forums, one of which is specifically for the BME community in North West Kent. Has a patients' council project in the local acute psychiatric unit. Into the second year of Comic Relief three-year funding for advocacy for older peole with mental health problems in this area.  Has recently become the IMCA provider for Kent and Medway in partnership with two other local advocacy organisations.

Medway and Swale Advocacy Partnerships
17 New Road Avenue
Chatham
Kent ME4 6BA

E: advocacy@msap.org.uk

Aims to promote the rights of people with mental health problems who are living in the Medway Towns and Swale area.  Provides free advocacy service. Appointments can be made at advocates' offices or at locations convenient to clients. Registered Charity (No. 1048536).

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South-west

Bristol Mind
PO Box 1174
Bristol BS99 2PQ

Offers a range of advocacy services as follows:

Outreach Advocacy
(Advocacy for people living in the community)
T: 0117 914 0300
E: advocacy@bristolmind.org.uk

Psychiatric Acute Wards Advocacy
T: 0117 914 1554
E: paul@bristolmind.org.uk

Advocacy in Action
(Working in prisons and forensic units)
T: 0117 904 3088
E: advocacyinaction@bristolmind.org.uk

IMCA Service
T: 0117 970 3017
E: imca@bristolmind.org.uk

Southwest Advocacy
PO BOX 148
Bideford
Devon
EX39 9BA

T: 0845 388 6971
F: 0845 388 6981
E: info@southwestadvocacy.org.uk

Southwest Advocacy specialises in supporting young people and individuals who have a learning disability and who may also have an additional mental health need. Often the people supported by Southwest Advocacy are being ‘cared for‘ or are receiving treatment in hospital and need help to remain involved in decision making that affects their lives.

Southwest Advocacy also support individuals detained under the Mental Health Act by providing Independent Mental Health Advocacy Services (IMHA) defined within the 2007 revisions of the Mental Health Act.

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London

Enfield Mental Health Users Group (EMU)
The Lanacaster Centre
53 Lancaster Road
Enfield EN2 0BU
 
An independent user led group that tries to put forward the user view on mental health issues to improve local mental health services. Facilitates user only meetings on local mental health wards and at various venues in the community. Has representatives at different levels within the local Mental Health Trust and the Primary Care Trust  to influence planning and policy. Publishes a bi-monthly newsletter which can be found on website together with other information about the group.

HUBB
109 Rose Lane
Marks Gate
Romford RM6 5NR

T: 0208 590 2666
E: jenny@hubb.eclipse.co.uk or pam@hubb.eclipse.co.uk

Offers advocacy for residents of London Boroughs of Barking, Dagenham and Havering and inpatient advocacy advocacy for patients at Mascalls Park (formerly - and still often referred to as - 'Warley Hospital'). For advocacy contact Jenny Gray or Pam Macklin.

Kensington & Chelsea Forum
Office 8
7 Thorpe Close
London W10 5XL

T: 0208 964 1555
E: kcforum@kcmind.org.uk

A user led group supported by Kensington & Chelsea Mind.  Campaigns to improve mental health services in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea through empowering and informing service users living in the borough to put forward their views about the services they receive.  Sens out a monthly newsletter to all members to keep them informed about local issues and the development of services.

Lambeth Mind
11 Mowll Street
London SW9 6BG

T: 0207 735 3505 (Information helpline)
F: 0207 820 7854
E: info@slmind.freeserve.co.uk

Independent local charity affiliated to Mind. Offers a confidential information helpline, including information on counselling, self-help groups, local and national organisations, helplines, advocacy, rights, benefits, employment, training, housing, etc. A range of infosheets and other literature available, including a printed directory. Involved in campaigning and user involvement issues locally.  Publishes a free bi-monthly magazine.  Run and staffed by users/survivors of the mental health system. Volunteering opportunities include helpline work, admin and/or magazine editorial team. Social events periodically.

North East London Advocacy
Goodmayes Hospital
Barley Lane
Goodmayes
Essex IG3 8XJ

T: 0208 970 5731
F: 0208 970 5897
E: info@nela.org.uk

A confidential independent service promoting the rights of people with learning difficulties and mental health issues. Provides IMCA advocacy service in Redbridge.

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Northern Ireland

There are no entries for Northern Ireland at the present time.

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Other UK orgnisations

National Phobics Society
Zion Community Resource Centre
339 Stretford Road
Hulme
Manchester M15 4ZY
T: 0870 122 2325
E: info@phobics-society.org.uk
UK anxiety disorders charity which offers a range of support services including therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy, counselling and email and helpline support.

WISH
A UK based charity that provides long-term gender-sensitive support services in England and Wales to women who have mental health needs.  The focus of WISH's work is to support women in their journey through the prison and the secure hospital system into the community.

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International user/survivor organisations

MindFreedom International
A non-profit coalition that unites 100 groups working for human rights and alternatives in the mental health system.

ENUSP (European Network of (ex) Users and Survivors of Psychiatry)

WNUSP (World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry)

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Training and consultancy

Distress Awareness Training Agency
60 Curlew Road
Oldham OL4 5NS

T: 0161 408 1221 or 07981 706 498
E: andrew@survivorservices.co.uk

A collective of individuals, all with direct personal experience of emotional and mental distress. Provides service user and survivor led training, research and consultancy services in mental health and wider disability services.  Clients are wide ranging and include universities, colleges of further education, other service user and carer groups, providers of health and social care and mental health service commissioners.

Humunn Resources
Training offered includes mental health awareness; self-management; user participation; and advocacy and patients' councils.

Mary Nettle
Mental Health User Consultant
4 Garden Close
Cirencester
Gloucestershire
GL7 1UW

T: 01285 651340
E: MaryNettle@user-consultant.freeserve.co.uk

Mary Nettle became a user of mental health services in 1978 and turned this negative into a positive in 1992 when she became a mental health user consultant.  She is involved in presenting the user perspective in all aspects of mental health with a particular interest in user led research.

Current posts held include: Honorary Fellow of Brunel University Centre for Citizen Participation; Mental Health Act Local Commissioner; Involve (formerly Consumers in NHS Research) standing group member; Healthcare Commission associate; Chair of ENUSP (European Network of (ex) Users and Survivors of Psychiatry); and member of disabled women's committee of the European Disability Forum.

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