We were established in 1995 to deliver a short-term advocacy project to provide a voice for vulnerable people in the Preston community.
Following the success of the project, a new board of Trustees was formed in 1999 with Preston Advocacy being registered as a charity.
We delivered advocacy services supporting the elderly, individuals with dementia and mental health issues before collaborating with two additional advocacy services in Lancashire to form a consortium to provide an IMCA (Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy) service in 2007.
The charity was renamed ‘Central Advocacy’ in 2009 to reflect the expansion of our advocacy service provision. In March 2012, the organisations were successfully awarded the Action for Advocacy Performance Mark before a change in health authority and clinical commissioning resulted in the consortium being disbanded.
In 2013, Independent Community Advocacy Network North (ICANN) was founded by our existing Trustees and staff. There was a return to focusing on delivering advocacy services centred on the needs of the local community.
Currently, we deliver a range of projects across Lancashire, providing professional and experienced advocacy support to the most vulnerable in our local community.
Our strategy focuses on 3 core areas of impact, developing a foundation from which we measure our success, evaluate our performance, and keep building on it:
Building resilient communities – we empower individuals and communities to both overcome adversity and make positive choices to thrive.
Good health and wellbeing – we improve quality of life for all through collaboration and promotion of positive life choices.
Reduced inequality – we identify, understand, address, and raise awareness of inequalities in the community.