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Advocacy

The Cheshire Advocacy Hub is a partnership between CCIL and Age UK Cheshire.  We offer all forms of statutory advocacy across Cheshire as well as Continuing Health Care Advocacy for clients in Cheshire West and Chester.  CCIL supports those up to 65 (and all age groups for those with learning disabilities or who require CHC advocacy) and  Age UK Cheshire support those over 65.

Advocacy services work to help individuals and their carers to say what they want, secure their rights and represent their interests.  The Cheshire Advocacy Hub will provide Advocacy for people qualifying for the following advocacy support:

Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA)
including
 Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)
For those individuals aged 16 years and over who are assessed as lacking the capacity to make important decisions about serious medical treatment, changes in their accommodation, in adult protection cases and some care reviews.

Advocates can also be instructed to support individuals who are involved in the Deprivation of Liberty Assessment process (DoLS).

Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA)
For those individuals aged 18 and over who are subject to the Mental Health Act. Advocates help people to understand what is taking place, supporting them to exercise their rights and represent their views.

Care Act Advocacy
For those individuals aged 16 years and over who have care and support needs.  Care Act Advocates can support people assessments, care and support planning, care reviews, safeguarding enquiries, safeguarding reviews and to submit appeals.

Continuing Healthcare (CHC) Advocacy (Cheshire West only)
For those individuals aged 18 and over who need support and representation in challenging continuing healthcare funding issues.  CHC Advocates help individuals to explore their options and empower them to make their own decisions.

IMCA referral form

CHC advocacy referral form

IMHA referral form

CARE ACT Advocacy Referral Form