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Mind in Salford Advocacy Hub Grows

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Logo Advocacy HubWe are pleased to announce that as of April 1st 2016 our Salford Advocacy Hub will be expanded to cover IMCA and NHS complaints advocacy in Salford as well as our existing advocacy services.

After an in-depth tender process, we were the successful bidder for the contract for the new enlarged Salford Advocacy Hub, joint funded by Salford CCG and Salford City Council.

Our new, expanded Salford Advocacy Hub will provide

  • Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA) – supporting people without capacity in care planning and review, safeguarding including DOLS and when serious medical treatment is considered
  • Independent Care Act Advocacy (ICAA) – supporting people with difficulties engaging through care planning and review and safeguarding processes
  • Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) – supporting people to understand their rights and get their view across in Meadowbrook and Woodlands hospitals and on CTOs in the community
  • Independent NHS Complaints Advocacy (ICA) – supporting people to address complaints with NHS funded services
  • Community Advocacy (Non-Statutory) – supporting people to express their views, secure their rights, represent their interests and obtain appropriate services in a variety of circumstances, for
    1. people with mental health problems,
    2. people with physical disabilities,
    3. people with sensory impairments,
    4. people with learning disabilities,
    5. people with an autism spectrum condition, and
    6. people over 60

IMHA Vacancy – Position now filled

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Applications for this position are now closed

Job Title: Independent Mental Health Advocate
Contract Length: Fixed Term (until end March 2015, with possible extension)
Hours: 14 hours (2 set days, during normal working hours Monday – Friday, additional hours/days possible)
Pay: 20-25k pro rata (dependent on quaifications and experience)
Line Manager: Advocacy Manager
Locations: Edenfield Centre, GMW Mental Health NHS Trust, Bury New Road, Prestwich M25 3BL

Our independent advocacy service provides IMHA services for Greater Manchester West medium and low secure, stepdown and tier 4 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), and we need a new advocate to help provide advocacy in the medium secure services.

The service provides a free, independent and impartial comprehensive advocacy service in line with the Mental Health Act.

A good knowledge of IMHA requirements is necessary, though the advocate will receive internal training and support from our experienced team. Previous advocacy experience is a must, and advocacy and IMHA qualifications would be a strong advantage.

The advocate will typically meet people in person on hospital wards, with duties including

• Briefing patients on their rights under the Mental Health Act, the Human Rights Act and related legislation
• Supporting and if necessary representing clients in a variety of meetings and situations and working towards developing self advocacy

As part of the team, the advocate will help promote the integration of independent rights-based support within mental health services, including criminal justice and social care.

Please note a full DBS check is required.



Please direct enquiries to

Please note we are also looking for sessional advocates to work in the community and IMHA settings to cover leave and busy periods, and currently have demand. Session Advocate Required

Mind in Salford wins Community Award

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Mind in Salford with Social AdVentures, Six Degrees and Garden Needs have won an award at Salford Business Awards.

At an award ceremony last night (21st May) at Salford Reds Stadium, our partnership won The Community Award sponsored by Enterprise Rent-A-Car for our New Roots program.

The New Roots Program involves:

  • Our Mindfulness for Carers for people with Dementia courses,
  • Dementia friendly horticulture activities at Garden Needs and The Broughtons Care Home
  • Empowered Communications, teaching staff and carers better ways of communication for the people they are working with or caring for
  • Please contact us if you are interested in attending our Mindfulness for Carers of people with Dementia courses.

    Pictures and more to come…

    Advisor Vacancy

    Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

    Welfare Rights & Debt Advisor

    This position has now been filled.

    Contract: Fixed term contract (6 months maternity cover with possible extension)
    Hours: Part time 28 hours per week
    Line Manager: Advice Service Manager
    Locations: The Angel Centre, M3 6FA and outreach throughout Salford
    Closing date for applications: Thursday 16 April
    Interviews in week beginning 20 April 2015

    Our Welfare Rights and Debt Advice service has a track record of providing excellent advice in Salford and we need a new person to join us in this challenging and rewarding work.

    If you are intelligent and understanding of the needs of people with mental health difficulties, committed to supporting and promoting their rights and have excellent written and verbal skills, then we would like to hear from you.

    This job works with vulnerable adults and requires an enhanced disclosure under the Disclosure and Barring Service checks of criminal background.

    We also require at least 1 years experience in welfare rights and debt advice, and references will be requested.

    Job Description and Person Specification

    Please return Advisor Application Form and Equal Opportunities Form by e-mail to

    Please note: We will not read or accept CVs in the application process under any circumstances.

    New Services with Mind in Salford

    Thursday, March 12th, 2015

    Logo Mind in Salford StackMind in Salford is merging with Salford Mental Health Services CAB, with all services coming into the Mind in Salford Charity.

    The merger diversifies the services, expertise and income of our charity, and will help us provide better services combining the experience and expertise of both charities.

    Under the Mind in Salford banner, we will now have additional services:

  • IMHA advocacy at Meadowbrook combined with our Advocacy Hub,
  • Secure IMHA advocacy at the Edenfield Hospital site,
  • A Welfare Rights and Debt Advice service for people suffering from mental ill health
  • On 23rd March we will be welcoming the 12 new staff from SMHSCAB in these services.

    AQS logoMind in Salford gains Advice Quality Standard

    As part of the merger process, Mind in Salford has gained the Advice Quality Standard for our Advocacy and Advice Services, a tremendous achievement from all our staff and evidence of our commitment to providing a quality service.

    Welcome to our New Website

    Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

    I hope you all like our new website, we’ve tried to make it easy to use and find things, so do let us know if you have any problems.

    The site uses WordPress, which means it’s much easier for us to update, and to put in news, blogs and media.  Markus has kicked off our blogs talking about his own mental health and how mindfulness has helped him – go to “Blog – Hugging the Black Dog” in the menu to the right.

    Contribute a blog!

    We want you to contribute as well – your experiences with mental health and/or using our services can help other people, and we want to help you share these.  Please e-mail if you would be interested in guest blogging for us.

    Praise given where praise due

    A big thankyou to our excellent web designer & programmer Andrew Yee of for all the work he has put in to help make this user friendly and deceptively simple design.

    Garden Needs Wins Salford Tender

    Friday, March 28th, 2014

    Logo Garden NeedsMind in Salford, in partnership with Social Adventures, have just been successful in winning the contract for Mental Health and Horticulture in the city.

    The three year contract will build upon the current work we’re doing at Garden Needs, our mental wellbeing hub and garden centre in Higher Broughton.

    It’s an exciting new venture and it will mean us expanding our operations, allowing us to offer

    • more skills training and qualifications,
    • more drop-ins and foraging walks
    • more opportunities to grow food, and to carry out landscaping and grounds maintenance.

    The new contract starts at the end of April 2014 and we’re very excited!

    Our Time To Change Pledges

    Thursday, March 27th, 2014

    At Mind in Salford we have made a series of pledges to help end mental health discrimination.

    Logo Mind in Salford StackMind In Salford

    • We will support people in the community with mental or emotional distress
    • We will provide services that focus on building resilience and prevention
    • We will challenge mental health stigma whenever we come across it
    • We will reach out to minority communities to support people to speak out about their own problems
    • We will introduce a blogging space on our new website, helping people in the Great City of Salford share their experiences

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  • I pledge to speak out about my own mental health; and to stand up for anyone who is being discriminated against
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  • I will not hide my own mental health problems and will try to talk about them and my experiences of mental ill health
  • I will tweet about my own mental health, letting people know they are not suffering alone
  • I will continue to volunteer with Mind in Salford, helping the charity help the people of Salford
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  • I pledge to raise awareness of mental health and support any friends who are struggling
  • Advocacy Contract Extended

    Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

    Our contract to provide independent advocacy services for the people of Salford, in partnership with Salford Being Heard, has been extended for another 2 years.

    This follows the successful implementation of our advocacy database, improving our understanding of the issues faced by clients, and the client bases we are helping.

    We aim to improve our outreach to the communities of Salford in the next two years, as well as involving more volunteers to support our clients and improve the social benefits of our service.