Black and Minority Ethnic Advocacy Clinic

Our BME Advocacy clinic has moved over the road to St Luke's Church new community building (Every Wednesday 11.00-12.30).

The BME Advocacy clinic held within 'The Walking With Project' works by allowing people to access drop-in sessions without making a prior arrangement for a meeting. The success of the clinic can be seen by the increasing number of people that have used or regularly using the service. The importance of this project is captured in comments from our service users, one comment recorded was “You listened to me and offered me support when nobody else seem to listen”.

The clinic is open to all members of the BME community however the vast majority of people using the service are asylum seekers or refugees. Those people often find the limited support they receive to be withdrawn and are often in crisis when they attend the clinic. The BME advocacy workers listen, offer their support and most importantly try to make sure that the person’s voice is being heard.

Mental Health Advocacy Clinic

Our mental health work also includes the running of a specialist clinic within a hospital setting. This clinic operated successfully for many years at Ward 21 at North Tyneside General Hospital. However the closure of that unit and subsequent move to St Georges Park, Morpeth has meant that our clinic has also moved enabling us to continue to provide an effective service to North Tyneside patients.

Patients utilise this service to raise any issues that may require an advocate. Common issues are those in relation to the Mental Health Act and the persons care and treatment whilst in hospital.

The clinic alternates every Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm within St Georges Park, Morpeth.

Our BME Workers

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