Welcome to Advonet

Advonet delivers a variety of independent advocacy services:

Bilingual Advocacy

Care Act Advocacy

Community Mental Health Advocacy

Dementia Advocacy

Health Complaints Advocacy

Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA)

Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA)

Learning Disability Advocacy

Advonet exists to ensure everyone can have their needs heard and their rights respected. It both delivers services directly and promotes independent advocacy provided by partners in Leeds and the surrounding area.

“Advocacy is taking action to help people say what they want, secure their rights, represent their interests and obtain services they need. Advocates and advocacy schemes work in partnership with the people they support and take their side”
Quality standards for advocacy schemes, Action for Advocacy

Our services include:

  • Supporting providers of advocacy with information and training
  • Help for those seeking advocacy in Leeds by operating a ‘single point of access’ telephone helpline
  • Delivering independent advocacy for:

⇒People with learning disabilities
⇒People experiencing mental distress and dementia; including people who are detained in hospital or receiving treatment in the community under the Mental Health Act (IMHA)
⇒People from BME communities requiring culturally sensitive, bilingual support
⇒People who lack ‘capacity’ to make critical decisions (IMCA)
⇒Care Act advocacy
⇒People wanting support with Leeds NHS Complaints (Leeds Independent Health Complaints Advocacy)

What is Advocacy?

Watch our video on what advocacy is, and the various organisations which offer advocacy support in the Leeds area.