Sunderland IMHA Service
1 Qd North Sands Business Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0QA
Telephone – (0191) 510 5051
Total Voice Sunderland is a service delivered in partnership between MHM and Voiceability. We work across the city of Sunderland, offering a range of advocacy for people living in the area. We provide:
We represent and support people who live in Sunderland, particularly people aged 18 years and over who have:
- Learning disabilities
- Autism spectrum conditions
- Physical disabilities, including sensory impairment
- Mental health needs
- Substance misuse issues
- Older People aged 65 years and over
- Any Adult at Risk who requires support through the safeguarding adults process.
Independent Mental Health Advocacy Service (IMHA)
Qualifying patients detained under the Mental Health Act are entitled to an independent advocate.
An IMHA will represent you and support you with:
- Understanding and exercising your rights under the Mental Health Act
- Being fully involved in your care planning
- Your access to Mental Health Review Tribunals, preparing for them and understanding decisions made
- Your access to other support or services
- Discussing appropriate aftercare
- How to raise concerns about your experience/care
Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA)
IMCAs support and represent people who lack mental capacity.
When is an IMCA needed?
When decisions need to be made about serious medical treatment, accommodation, deprivation of liberty and in some circumstances safeguarding proceedings and care reviews.
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and Relevant Person’s Representation
A referral can be made by a supervisory body. You will need to check your local authority guidelines about when you can refer for care reviews and safeguarding proceedings. If you are the decision maker, you will need to confirm whether family and friends are ‘appropriate’ to consult
Referrals can be made for a litigation friend by the Local Authority. They can also be appointed by the court.
What will your advocate do?
- Listen to you and treat you with respect
- Be on your side
- Support you to tell people what you think
- Make sure you are fully involved in decisions being made about you
- Help you to find out information, so you can make your own decision
- Help you explore and understand your rights
Who can make a referral?
We are happy to take referrals from anybody who wants to use our service, professionals, friends or family members and other voluntary organisations.
Contact us to discuss any situation and we will discuss the best way forward for the person involved.
Alternatively, drop in and visit the team. We’re open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm