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Advocacy Centre North (ACN) has been granted £369,291 to deliver independent advocacy services to people living with neurological conditions in Newcastle and Gateshead. This will be the first service of its kind in the North East. The grant was made by the Big Lottery Fund as part of its Reaching Communities work and will fund the project for three years.

Advocacy helps people when their voice isn’t heard.  Advocates work with people to represent their interests and help them obtain services they need. Advocacy Centre North is a leading advocacy provider in the region.

The service will help people living with neurological conditions including stroke, parkinson’s and autism. People with neurological conditions can be at the complex end of the disability spectrum and are therefore disadvantaged in society and can face discrimination. They are frequently isolated, often have difficulty communicating and engaging with services.

As part of the development of the service ACN will also be working in partnership with the Northern Neurological Alliance, which works with a range of brain and spine charities to campaign for better services. They will provide a source of specialist knowledge of this client group and their needs.

Jacqui Jobson, Director of Advocacy Centre North said:

We are delighted to receive this grant that will allow Advocacy Centre North to provide free and independent advocacy to even more people across Newcastle and Gateshead. It’s crucial that everyone is able to access the services they need and we are excited that Advocacy Centre North will be providing the first help of this kind in the North East.