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Our wide range of services promote social inclusion, equality and social justice. They have enabled us to meet the diverse and complex needs of people in vulnerable circumstances across the region.

Do you feel that you are not being listened to?
Do you want support to find out about your rights and make decisions?
Do you want help to get services?

We're on your side - we are here to listen, to help you be heard and secure your rights

Our award-winning service is independent, free and confidential. We can help with things like understanding your rights, getting the health, housing and social care services you need, dealing with letters and phone calls, and supporting you to keep safe from abuse.

An Advocate does:
• Offer to get information on your behalf to help you come to a decision
• Helps you to explore the pros and cons of a situation
• Helps you to weigh up your options
• Supports you to speak up for yourself to say what you want
• Makes sure you are always at the centre of decisions about you
• Helps you to feel in control
• Is independent from service providers, your family or carers so is free to help you work out what is best for you
• Keeps your confidence (unless there is a risk to you or someone else)

An Advocate does not:
• Give you advice about what to do
• Tell you what they think you should do
• Express their opinion
• Try to convince you to do something
• Have a hidden agenda

If you would like to find out more about our advocacy support or to discuss making a referral to any of our services, please get in touch in one of the following ways:

Telephone: 0191 235 7013



Welcome to Skills for People

We promote and protect the rights of disabled people and their families

Since 1983, we have been working to make sure that disabled people and their families can be in control of their own lives, strong, confident and included in the communities of their choice.

“Disabled people and their families are at the heart of all we do”

Stay Connected - we will help you connect with other people and activities using Facebook, Zoom and phone; to have fun, learn, and stay healthy and safe.

Help and Connect help people with a learning disability in Newcastle upon Tyne – if you want help with any problems or want to get to know people and places where you live – give us a call.

Redcar and Cleveland Support – our team can help you with any problems you have or join our social group to meet people and have fun.

Advocacy (Teesside & Hartlepool) – contact us if you need Advocacy support in Teesside or Hartlepool.

Family Advice and Support – find out what how we can help with supporting families of disabled children.

Tel: 0191 281 8737
Facebook: @skillsforpeople
Twitter: @skillsforpeople

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