Self Advocacy

What is Self-Advocacy?

“Self Advocacy helped me learn what I needed to know to appeal and win against ATOS”

Have you experienced mental distress? Used mental health services? Not been listened to?

Self Advocacy (SA) is a FREE series of classes and talks teaching the skills you need to have a stronger voice in situations where you previously weren’t listened to, were discriminated against, or found barriers stopping you from accessing information or services.

Self Advocacy

It’s an award-winning training course (we won the prestigious Best Practice Award in Peer Support Development from the Mental Health Providers Forum for training that empowered people to be more confident in asserting themselves and supporting others) that provides an informal but structured environment where you can meet others with similar experiences and together learn strategies to cope with challenging issues, behaviours or situations, and learn how to improve your general wellbeing.

Self Advocacy workshops take place on Tuesdays from 11am to 1pm and Thursdays from 2pm to 4pm.

All sessions are free for everyone regardless of a personal budget. 

What our previous participants say:

“Lack of confidence is one of the biggest disadvantages for disabled people and building it up is very important. It’s why I started self advocacy. It led on to a lot of things for me like music, creative writing and poetry, which I didn’t realise I could do until I did self advocacy. It’s been a stepping stone. It gave me the confidence and information to tackle my housing problem and certain access needs. Self advocacy can give you the confidence to know when to self advocate and when you need outside support.”

Get yourself heard, listened to, and your views acted upon!
Places are still available – core training places are free and available for people from across London, and beyond! Please contact us as there is no fixed joining date, we’ll advise on the most appropriate date to take up the training.

With thanks to our funders:

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Self-Advocacy Skills Training –  megaphoneSkills for a stronger voice We are sorry to announce due to funding cuts our Self-Advocacy project will only operate workshops in April and then be closed until further notice. Kaya and Tara would like to thank all the participants and volunteers in the project for their trust, support and warmth. We hope that the group will continue to exist and support each other.Karen Unrue will be facilitating the self-advocacy workshops in April. There will be an external speaker on the 7th  discussing budgeting and on the 23rd  someone from Shelter will be talking about housing  issues. On the 9th April Karen will give the group the opportunity to discuss what topics they would like to be covered during the month.April Schedule:Tuesday 7 April 11-1pm
Patrice from TOPAZ, Team Offering People Advice And Support provides information to residents in Lambeth, including advice on: budgeting, benefits, transport,  carers support, counselling, housing issues, adult abuse and social activitiesThursday 9th April 2-4pm
Session with Karen Unrue – Open DiscussionTuesday 14th  11-1pm
Session with Karen Unrue – Topic TBCThursday 16th     2-4pm
Session with Karen Unrue– Topic TBCTuesday 21st    11-1pm
Session with Karen Unrue– Topic TBC

Thursday 23rd April 2-4pm
Ronak Ahmed from Shelter will attend CoolTan Arts to explain what Shelter does here in London and the key issues faced by Londoners.  There will be a brief discussion in respect of Possession/Evictions, Disrepair & Allocations (Waiting List) with a session for questions.  Further sessions will be arranged later on in the year.

Tuesday 28th   11-1pm
Session with Karen Unrue– Topic TBC

Thursday 30th 2-4pm
Session with Karen Unrue– Topic TBC
Call 0207 701 2696 or email for more information

All workshops are based at CoolTan Arts unless specified. Please check in advance with us – thank you.

For more details, please call 020 77012696/0798 565 8443 or email

If the individual is with a CMHT then we require that the Care Coordinator fills in a referral form and sends it to Karen Unrue

tel: 020 7701 2696
mobile: 0798 565 8443




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