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The Advocacy Project

Everyone has the right to influence decisions affecting their lives. We offer advocacy and user involvement services to support people to stand up for their rights and have a say on the issues that matter to them.

We believe that when an individual has a voice, understands their rights and makes choices, real change can happen.

In City & Hackney we are running a project called Mental Health Voice which is about people with lived experience of mental illness being involved in shaping local mental health services.

Would you like to shape mental health services in London?

The Advocacy Project is looking for passionate people with lived experience of mental health difficulties to take part in exciting engagement activities that will help influence London mental health services.

Service users/ carers will work alongside NHS professionals to feed into six areas of work that make up the Adult Mental Health Transformation Programme.

This is a flexible opportunity with a range of roles:

- Sharing your views

- Attending events

- Representing the lived experience voice at meetings

- Co-production

Role Aim: 

The Advocacy Project are working with NHS England and the Healthy London Partnership to recruit people with lived experience of mental health difficulties (either as an individual or carer) to shape and influence a London-wide mental health programme called the Adult Mental Health Transformation Programme.

The Programme is made up of six main areas of work:

• increasing access to psychological therapies (IAPT)

• digital IAPT

• early intervention in psychosis (EIP)

• MH in Integrated Care Systems (MHICS)

• perinatal mental health

• London Mental Health Transformation Board

We are currently looking for people to be involved in the work of the programme and make sure that the voice of service users and carers are represented in discussions and decision-making.


Summary of duties

Include details about what you will be expecting the volunteers to do if they are successfully recruited. Think about what skills students are going to want to develop in your role. The workstreams are varied in their scope and purpose, but most have a role in interpreting national guidance, developing London-wide recommendations and resources, and providing information and advice to commissioners and service providers. Service user and carer representatives will be feeding into this work alongside NHS professionals from across London.

There are various ways of getting involved:

• Sharing your view

• Attending events

• Commenting on papers and plans

• Representing the lived experience voice at meetings

• Co-producing service improvement.

Key responsibilities

Service user and carer input may include but is not limited to:

•Participation in meetings (clinical reference groups/ projects) to inform and shape workstream activities and outputs

•Comment on workstream documents/work and support responses to enquiries

•Events – facilitating and speaking at workshops or meetings

•Co-production – working alongside professionals to deliver specific pieces of work.

Person specification

People who:

•have lived experience of mental health difficulties or people who have cared for someone living with mental health difficulties

•are passionate about shaping and influencing mental health services

•are keen to gain experience in constructive involvement and influencing at meetings or committees

•can represent the views of other service users and carers as well as their own

•work well in a team

•can review and comment on papers ahead of meetings

Skills needed: 

• Team work

• Communication

• Influencing

• Commitment

• Listening to the views of others

• Representing the views of others as well as own views

• Non-judgemental


• Service user-involvement

• Health and safety

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Once you’ve registered interest in this volunteering role, we’ll send your name and UCL email address to the organisation for their records. You’ll also receive information about the next steps to take if you do wish to take things forward. The organisation has signed up to our code of standards, which includes a commitment to protecting your data. We won’t share your information with anyone unless you’ve given explicit consent to. We’ll also retain your details so we can follow up to see how you’re getting on with your volunteering and offer support if necessary. We take good care of your data – you can see full details here