Welcome to Advonet

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.

On  April 1st 2015  Advocacy Support, Leeds Advocacy and Advocacy for Mental Health & Dementia merged with Advonet, a separate organisation which they  previously co-managed. Between April and September Advonet  will be consulting with people who use its services, staff and other stakeholders about the identity and priorities for the new organisation.  On October 2nd they will publicly re-launch Advonet, its website and other promotional materials.

“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.

Our Core Members