Commissioning and providing mental health advocacy for African and Caribbean men

Service examples

Service example: targeted publicity


Full name: Sheffield African Caribbean Mental Health Association Contact: Manager: Ashton Wynter; Forensic Advocate: Patrick Anyomi. Address: 84 Andover Street, Pitsmoor, Sheffield S3 9EH Tel: 0114 272 6393 Website:

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SACMHA have developed a website targeted at African-Caribbean communities.

Service example: training

The Advocacy Project, Liverpool

Full name: Granby Community Mental Health Group Advocacy Project Contact: Manager: Judith Cummings; Advocate Development Manager: Simon Torkington. Address: The Advocacy Project, Mary Seacole House, 91 Upper Parliament Street, Liverpool L8 7LB Tel: 0151 709 9442 Email: Website:

Advocacy training course

This course has been running on an annual basis since 1995. Funding has come from numerous sources, including the National Lottery, Liverpool Primary care trust, Liverpool City Council, and currently (for three years from 2006) Comic Relief. The course started as peer training for service users with a view to popularising advocacy and building capacity for self-advocacy and empowerment. It now brings together service users and professionals and facilitates the exchange of information and viewpoints from diverse perspectives. This is especially good for fostering unique insights between service users and staff. The course’s popularity has been so great it now runs twice a year. Each programme runs across 14 weeks, comprising half-day sessions for up to 50 people, with an attempt to balance participation between service users and professional staff. Each session deals with specific topics relevant to advocacy, with cultural diversity issues brought into all sessions. Regardless of specific content, the course’s value lies in mixing up the discussions between service users and staff.

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