An advocate is someone who supports a person who is vulnerable and helps them to have their say. There are many different types of advocacy services but an advocate is generally independent and free from conflicts of interest.

An advocate can:

  • listen to your views and concerns
  • help you explore your options and rights (without pressuring you)
  • provide information to help you make informed decisions
  • help you contact relevant people, or contact them on your behalf
  • accompany you and support you in meetings or appointments.

An advocate will not:

  • give you their personal opinion
  • solve problems and make decisions for you
  • make judgements about you.

Derbyshire Mind Advocacy

Derbyshire Mind provides a range of Independent Specialist Advocacy services to the residents of Derbyshire. Their services are free and independent.


Independent Health Complaints Advocacy

This service is available for any Derbyshire resident who wishes to make a formal complaint about an NHS service.  You can also complain on a friend or relative’s behalf as long as they agree; you should get their permission in writing. For more info.

Tel: 01332 623732


Independent Health Complaints Advocacy leaflet


Independent Community Advocacy Service

Some people may need support from an advocate for other issues that are affecting their daily lives, such as debt, housing and accessing public services.

If you need an advocate to help you with such issues, you can get support from the Independent Community Advocacy Service.

Tel: 01332 623732

Independent Community Advocacy Service Derbyshire


Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA)

Independent Mental Health Advocacy was introduced under the Mental Health Act 2007. From April 2009 there has been a legal duty to provide Independent Mental Health Advocates (IMHAs) for all eligible people. An IMHA is an independent advocate who is specially trained to work within the framework of the Mental Health Act 1983 to support people to understand their rights under the Act and participate in decisions about their care and treatment.

Tel: 01332 623732



Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy Service (IMCA)

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

The IMCA service is provided for any person aged 16 years or older, who has no one willing and able to support and represent them, and who lacks capacity to make a decision about either a long-term care moveserious medical treatmentadult safeguarding procedures or a care review.

Tel: 01332 623732


Other providers of advocacy services in Derbyshire

  • Age UK  – Advocacy for older people, tel: 01773 768240.
  • Peaks and Dales Advocacy – (High Peak and Derbyshire Dales only) – Advocacy for older people tel: 01298 73765.
    People with mental health problems, physically disabled people and people with learning disabilities tel: 01298 79539.
  • Chesterfield CAB  – Advocacy for people with mental health needs, tel: 01246 283872.
  • South Derbyshire CVS  – Advocacy for people with mental health needs (in South Derbyshire only), tel: 01283 550163.


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