Mental Health Advocacy
Sometimes it is helpful for someone with a mental illness to have a relative, friend, or carer present at appointments or discussions about their care. If you do not have anyone who can come with you then an Advocacy service may be able to help you. Below are some details of independent advocacy services who will speak on your behalf.
Bournemouth & Poole Advocacy Service
59 Southbourne Road
Tel: 01202 422140
Advocacy service for adults, who suffer from severe and enduring mental illness who live in the Bournemouth and Poole postal areas. Service offered to clients both in the community and in hospital.
Dorset Mental Health Advocacy (DMHA)
C/o Dorset Mental Health Forum
29 – 29A Durngate Street
Tel: 01305 261483 (Advocacy) / 01305 257172 (Admin)
Fax: 01305 261049
Unit 13 – 15
Tel: 01305 251033
Fax: 01305 266853
Dorset Advocacy is an independent voluntary organisation with 20 years experience of advocacy. They work across the whole of Dorset including Bournemouth and Poole, providing advocacy to older people, disabled people, and people who have learning disabilities. Dorset Advocacy is also the representatives for:
Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA)
Dorset Advocacy provides the IMCA service for Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole. IMCAs play an important role in ensuring that decisions about going into a care home, serious
medical treatments, or keeping the person safe, are made in a way that really reflects their interests.
Advocacy for You
Rethink Floating Support Service (Bournemouth)
This service aims to assist people with dementia and confusion to develop or maintain their independence within the community, preventing loss of their home or tenancy and avoiding the unnecessary use of more institutional forms of care. Support is tailored to the needs of the individual but tasks might include support to claim benefits and manage finances, guidance and support for safe and healthy living at home or support to improve social networks. Opening hours: Mon to Sun, 8:30am – 6:30pm
Please note that this service is no longer available in Poole.