Inspire – Advocacy for All Service

Inspires’s new ‘Advocacy for All’ service which has launched in the Western Health & Social Care Trust for people over 18 with mild/moderate mental health.

Advocacy for All will support people who are over 18 with mild/moderate mental health needs e.g. Low mood or motivation, anxiety, poor coping skills, loss of control, stress, isolation, who have no access to any other statutory commissioned advocacy support. Advocacy for All supports and empowers people to have their voice heard and resolve any issues they are having.

By creating an advocacy services for people at Steps 1 and 2, we broaden the scope of advocacy and peer support helping to develop resilience and self-help which is consistent with early intervention and prevention and reduces the need for more intensive mental health support.

Advocacy for All offers:

  • One to one support to resolve advocacy issues available to every person with mild to moderate mental health issues around Northern Ireland.
  • Information and signposting for family members and carers.
  • Access to i-connect, a unique digital wellbeing platform enabling participants to monitor and improve their mental health and wellbeing.

Referrals will be widely accepted, including from;

  • Individuals.
  • GPs and primary health and social care.
  • Local political representatives.
  • NIHE, Probation Board and other relevant statutory services.

How to get in touch;

  • A direct telephone referral line.
  • An online enquiry form.
  • Live web-chat service.
  • Post.
  • Advocacy drop in clinics.

Advocacy For All Information Leaflet

If you require any further information contact 

PHA Short Term Funding Programme – NOW OPEN!

Community and voluntary groups are being encouraged to apply for the PHA short term funding programme. Closing date for applications is Thursday 21st July at 3pm.

The funding can be used to improve the health and wellbeing of local communities with a particular focus on improving mental and emotional wellbeing.

Two types of awards are available under the programme:

  • Award one: Funding of up to £1,000 for non-constituted and constituted non-profit taking community/ voluntary sector groups.
  • Award two: Funding of between £1,001 and to a maximum of £5,000 for constituted, non-profit taking community/ voluntary sector groups.

To apply for the short term funding opportunities for Western, Belfast, Northern, South Eastern and Southern Health Social Care Trust areas please go to:

Anxiety Based School Avoidance Podcast

ParentLine NI’s new podcast on Anxiety Based School Avoidance.
Listen in as Kerry chats to Elaine McCrisken from STRIVE NI and explores reasons why a child or young person may be finding it difficult to attend school. As well as discussing practical strategies for parents/carers to support children to return more willingly to the school environment.
Full episode here: