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Independent Community Advocacy Network North is a Lancashire based advocacy charity providing advocacy services within Lancashire, as well as the rest of the North West.

We are a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO Number: 1200221) delivering advocacy support to the community since 1995 and as a Charity we can offer funded Advocacy support (free at the point of use) to individuals living in Lancashire, Blackpool and both Blackburn and Darwen communities.

As an experienced independent advocacy organisation, we can provide both private instructed and non-instructed advocacy commissions. The advocacy support which is available could range from helping parents going through the child protection process, providing Relevant Persons Representatives (RPRs), and also assisting young people with disabilities to challenge education choices that are being made on their behalf.

What is an advocate?

An advocate is someone who will support you, listen to you and both empower you and give you a voice. As a result of this, we will help you to say what you want and what you need. With this intention, if you are in a situation where you feel powerless and think that important decisions are being made on your behalf, then an advocate can support you in being involved.

Advocates are independent and non-judgemental. We won’t tell you what to do or what to think, and we won’t give you advice. Instead, we support you to make your own decisions, and therefore can help explore different options and different outcomes but it is always with your input.

Confidentiality is important and advocates will never share or disclose what has been discussed privately (as long as it doesn’t harm yourself or others).

Sometimes you may need an advocate for a short-term problem: writing a letter, helping make a phone call or send an email or you may have a long-term problem that requires more In-depth support and understanding.

Why might I need an advocate?

There are lots of reasons why you might need the support of an advocate:

– You might feel that you are not being listened to due to physical and/or mental health issues.

– You may have dementia or a degenerative disease.

– Someone may not have the mental capacity to make these decisions for themselves and do not have a family member or a friend who can act in that person’s behalf. Therefore, an Advocate will provide support to ensure that decisions are made in the person’s best interests.

– Children and Young people often need advocates to support them in being heard.

– Someone with a learning disability may struggle to understanding complex information overwhelming and will struggle to understand what is happening. An Advocate can help you understand and give you the time to have your say.

– Lastly, if you are living in the care system you may feel vulnerable to change being made without your say so or have worries and concerns that aren’t being heard.

How we can help

We offer a wide range of services to meet the needs of our local communities.

How to support us
Find out more how we can help and feel free to get in touch.


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What people are saying about ICANN

ICANN gave me the support I needed, I was pleased the advocate came with me as I couldn’t have faced it alone.

ICANN Client

The ICANN advocate was above and beyond my expectations, I felt better prepared for the assessment and I can’t thank him enough

ICANN Client

As a volunteer advocate, I felt really well supported by the ICANN staff. I am a retired primary school teacher and was amazed how transferable certain skills are, it feels good to be able to support people at a time of need


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