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Plymouth Advocacy
Tel: 0300 343 5719     Email:      Text: 80800 keyword SEAP

In Plymouth, seAp delivers services in partnership with Plymouth Highbury Trust and RAD 

The services we provide in this area are shown on the left.

Plymouth Advocacy Leaflet

If you need to contact seAp by phone please use the number above or you can email us or use our online Enquiry form.

Briefing on the reduction in Plymouth CC funded Non-Statutory Advocacy Provision

This briefing relates to the reduction in supply of advocacy provision in Plymouth and the contingencies in place. We are informing organisations that refer people to the non-statutory advocacy service that it is unlikely this will be an option after 1st September 2018.

Plymouth City Council and the NHS have commissioned advocacy services over the past few years from a range of different service providers, most recently (since April 2015), from a partnership involving seAp, Plymouth Highbury Trust (PHT) and Royal Association for Deaf People (RAD). A definition of advocacy is action that helps people say what they want, secure their rights, represent their interests and obtain services they need; advocates and advocacy schemes work in partnership with the people they support and take their side.

The current service is an integrated one that delivers both statutory and non-statutory advocacy, i.e. advocacy that is not required by law. From September 2018 onwards, the council is having to reduce the non-statutory element of the service. 

Very limited non-statutory advocacy is available if there is capacity and referrals meet “Substantial Difficulty” eligibility in the following priority areas:

  1. Child protection
  2. Social Care Complaints
  3. Safeguarding (not included in statutory advocacy remit)

Services for Health/Care Professionals

If you are a health/care professional and need to make a referral to seAp, please use the forms provided below.


These referral forms are designed to be used with Nitro or Adobe Acrobat Reader DCIf you have trouble using these forms with your PDF reader and require a different format, or have any questions, please contact us on: 0300 343 5719 or at:

DoLS referrals have special criteria and a separate process. To contact the Plymouth DoLS office, telephone 01752 308 889.

Click here to watch a video put together by one of our Social Work Students about the impact of Advocacy.

Military Advocacy

seAp provides our Military Advocacy Service in the Plymouth area.  Click here for more information

seAp is part of Plymouth Advocacy with our partners



A few hours to spare and looking for something new?

Studying and need a relevant work placement?

Would you like to help make a difference to someone’s life?

  • Receive quality training
  • Learn new skills and gain valuable experience
  • Become one of our team
  • Receive expenses
  • Meet new people
  • Support someone in your area

Do you have good listening skills and feel confident to support someone to speak on their behalf?

Our intention is to increase the number of Volunteer Advocates supporting people with a learning disability, a mental health issue, a physical or sensory disability, or an older person.

The volunteer opportunities we offer can be structured around you. You might be carefully matched with a single vulnerable person, visiting where there are no other independent visitors, or you might carry a small caseload of short-term clients. Whatever you choose to do, your role will be to explore people’s views, wishes and aspirations, to support people to understand options, make choices and decisions and to make sure that this information is given to people who need to know.

You don’t need any specific experience, just:  Enthusiasm - Empathy - Good communication skills - A real desire to make a difference - A willingness to learn and participate in support and supervision meetings.

Working as an advocate is an enriching and rewarding experience. You will receive excellent in house and external training and be fully equipped to undertake this vital role.

Hours are entirely flexible. Please contact Louise Sharland at for more information.

Your Local Authority or Local Healthwatch can also give you advice on who provides local services in your area.


Click here to visit your local Healthwatch


Click here to visit Plymouth City Council


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  • Good advice and listening when needed.  We still need to ensure voice is listened to - God Bless.  (IHCA Plymouth)