An Advocate for I, Daniel Blake

Advocacy Centre North needs your help to support the real Daniel Blakes of today.

We did it!

On 19th Apr 2017 we successfully raised £3,920 with 45 supporters in 56 days

Help the real I, Daniel Blakes in Newcastle and Gateshead 

Advocacy Centre North (part of Newcastle Council for Voluntary Service - Newcastle CVS) is asking for your help to raise funds to support disabled people and their families who are stuck in the welfare system like Daniel. 

As a service providing advocacy support, we are seeing more and more people needing our help, particularly those whose housing and benefits are affected by welfare reforms.

The recent film release of I, Daniel Blake – filmed on location in Newcastle upon Tyne, highlighted the problems many people face when trying to find their way through the welfare system. Like Daniel and his friend in the film, many people who have fallen on hard times and are in desperate need of support, feel caught up in a complicated process that is hard to understand and find a way through.

Advocacy Centre North to the rescue!

To help us support these vulnerable people through the benefits, appeals and sanctions process, we are looking to set up a Welfare Advocacy service, dedicated to supporting disabled people and their families with welfare reform issues but we need the funds to help them!

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Remember, every pound you donate WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Charity overview:

Advocacy Centre North  is part of Newcastle CVS, a registered charity. We provide advocacy support, helping to ensure citizen views and wishes are heard and acted upon.

We are increasingly under pressure to support disabled people and families, including those with mental health needs who are hardest hit by austerity. We receive telephone calls on a daily basis from people with issues relating to: health benefit changes, appeals, sanctions, decreased housing benefit, benefit caps and fresh claims. Most people are distressed about not being able to deal with the paperwork or because of the way they have been treated by the system; the anxiety is making their health worse.

Our role is to improve the quality of life in Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead with a broad programme of voluntary action and activities. The Welfare Advocacy service fits well with this purpose, which would allow us to take action to meet this need in very unprecedented times.

One of our colleagues drew this great picture of the team deciding to launch the campaign!

Advocacy Centre North is part of Newcastle CVS. Newcastle CVS is a registered charity (number 1125877) and company limited by guarantee (number 6681475) registered in England and Wales. Our registered office is: Higham House, Higham Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8AF.

What is an advocate?

Independent advocacy is taking action to help people say what they want, secure their rights, represent their interests and obtain services they need. Advocates work in partnership with the people they support and take their side. Advocacy promotes social inclusion, equality and social justice. 

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