Equal but not the same!

Equal but not the sameSupporting LGBTQ+ Communities through the pandemic and beyond

Jacqui Jobson has been developing a suite of resources, to help organisations better support LGBTQ+ communities; this includes a guide, presentation, recordings of webinars and downloadable poster.

For more information visit here



Leaders in advocacy network

The Leaders in Advocacy Network is an informal and highly effective group to develop genuine co-operation between organisations and share best practice. It is an informed and powerful collective voice for the advocacy sector pushing for positive change to strengthen the voices of people who rely on public services. We are always keen to welcome more people to the group. If you work for an advocacy organisation and have a leadership role with a remit to shape your organisation’s positions and overall approach, and would like to join the network or find out more information about it, please contact

Leaders in Advocacy network

The network first came together in March 2020 to support the advocacy sector in responding to the pandemic and to ensure that people who need advocacy services are still able to access them in an effective and safe way. Alongside sharing support, tools, and resources to help organisations through the pandemic, we have worked together on major topics including advocacy for people with learning disabilities and autistic people in restricted settings, and legal reform.

Our current work includes the following:

Mental Health Act reforms

 30 organisations wrote a joint response to the Mental Health Act Reform white paper consultation. The government has now published its response to the public consultation. It is broadly positive regarding advocacy but with the big caveat that changes are subject to funding, especially the spending review 2021.

Over the coming months, the network will be engaging closely with colleagues in the DHSC, social care and mental health policy circles, and parliamentarians. If you would like to help us make sure that people’s rights to advocacy are secured in the Mental Health Act reform please contact

Liberty Protection Safeguards

120,000 people each year are deprived of their liberty under DoLS. As preparations continue for the move from DoLS to the new Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) in April 2022, the network recognises that this is an opportunity to strengthen people’s voices and rights through good quality advocacy provision. Over the coming months the network will be working to ensure that there are the necessary resources, the right commissioning, and will be supporting implementation by coordinating across advocacy providers.

We can use the shift to LPS as an opportunity to improve the lives of people deprived of their liberty or at risk of being so. If you would like to help us make sure that the LPS delivers on this potential, please contact

You can read more about our work in the previous newsletter here.

Advocacy and Health funding – Training Programme Update and Report

NDTi and Kate Mercer Training – summer series of webinars.

Advocacy EventsIt’s been great to see so many curious and courageous advocates at our summer series of zoom webinars to support Independent Advocates working alongside people going through health funded processes. There are a further five sessions lined up for you all.

Kate and I will be joined by a number of experts in the coming sessions who will be sharing their knowledge and expertise to support us to better support people who may be entitled to continuing healthcare and personal health budget. For information and to book please see the updated flyer – please note the time change for the session on 10th August, which will now run from 10am.

The paper which led to the development of this training has been updated to correct an error on page 8 – v2 is available here.

Advocacy Awareness Week 2021

join us to plan this year’s campaign.


It’s that time of year when we’re talking with you all about this year’s #AAW21. Join us (on zoom) at 2pm on Monday 16th August to help plan this year’s campaign theme.

Please provide your contact information here to receive an invite to the session. This year #AAW will run from 1st-7th November.

Last year’s campaign #ThePowerofPartnership saw more engagement and advocacy activity than ever before. Help us make 2021 even more impactful!

Regulation of independent advocacy

Regulation – What could it mean for Independent AdvocacyYou will know from our last newsletter that we have been holding a series of discussion groups to explore the possible pros and cons of regulation within the advocacy community.  The conversations so far have been fantastic – thought provoking, challenging, exciting and we’ve heard a wide range of views.  We have one last session on Tuesday 18th May – do join us if you’d like to!  For information and to book click here.