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Mind launch Young Persons Advocacy Scheme in Carlisle and Eden

Posted Wednesday, 08 May 2013, 2.08pm

Over the past few months the Your Voice advocacy team here at Carlisle Eden Mind has been working really hard on extending our existing advocacy scheme, which has been running successfully for over 20 years, to include Young People aged between 10-18yrs.

We can advocate for young people involved with a variety of situations such as;

school/bullying/ health/ college/ training/ housing/substance-misuse/ caring/safety / mental health/ youth offending/ professional relationships/ work/ friends.

We are independent from other services and young people have told us that having someone that is not connected to the other professionals or organisations that they maybe dealing with, is very important to them.

We can help young people to express themselves to ensure everyone understands and listens to their views, wishes and feelings. Helping to increase their participation in issues and decisions effecting their lives.

We have visited many young peoples projects and met with many of you who work with young people over the past few months, we would like to thank you all for giving up your time to meet with us and the positive feedback we have received so far. However if you have escaped us and you would like to know more about our advocacy schemes, please give us a call or we could come and meet your team for a chat. Contact Lynsey or Tara on 01228 548016.

If you know of, or are working with a young person who is struggling to have their voice and views heard, You can make a request for advocacy by simply sending us their name and number (with their permission) to or tel: 0300 0120103 and we'll get in touch with them ASAP.

If you'd like some leaflets or posters please drop us a line, you can download resources at our Young Persons Advocacy page, or visit


What young people have said about our service;

"Your Voice listened to me when I was having problems at school. They helped me work out what I wanted to say and who I needed to speak with to make the situation better. At first they came with me to speak to my teachers,so I didn't get so nervous. Having someone with me really helped. Now things are more sorted." Katie,15

"I really struggled to untangle all the things going on in my head, Your Voice helped me put them into words and then helped me to find people who could help me. They really listened to me." Jake,12

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