Total Voice Sunderland works across the city of Sunderland, offering a range of advocacy for people living in the area.

We provide:

  • Care Act Advocacy
  • Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA)
  • Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA)
  • Paid Relevant Person’s Representative (PRPR)

and you can find details of each of these services below.

As our staff are all based at home, please send all referral forms to us via email - see instructions below.

Total Voice Sunderland is led by VoiceAbility and works with MHM Mental Health Matters.

Call us:
0191 917 9964 (Enquiries only; referrals by email)

Get support or make a referral

You can get support for yourself, a friend or family member by calling us or emailing us. You don't have to use a referral form.

As our staff are all based at home, please send all referral forms to us via email.

Our email address, where referral forms can be sent, is:

If you are a health or social care professional who would like to refer someone for advocacy, please use the form below. If you are not sure what kind of advocacy you need to request, call us or email us, we will be very happy to advise.

If you have been assessed as ‘lacking capacity’ to make specific decisions you may be able to get an advocate. 

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We provide the IMHA service for people who need support with their rights under the mental health act.  This page gives information about who can get support from an IMHA, and how an IMHA can support you.

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Social care teams in the local authority have a duty to make sure that people are fully involved in understanding and making decisions about the care and support they need.  For people who will find it very hard to be fully involved in the care process, independent advocacy is available.

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In Sunderland, we provide the Paid Relevant Person's Representative service. An advocate will be appointed by the local Authority if the person is subject to Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and they do not have any friends or relatives suitable, willing and able to act as the person's representative. We also provide support for people who are acting as a Relevant Person's Representative for friends or family members. For further information, please download the leaflet at the bottom of the page.

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