wolverhampton advocacy service

helping you to help yourself


The Wolverhampton Advocacy Service (WAS) is a free professional advocacy service for adults from any of these groups:

Disabled People
Family Carers
Older People
People with substance misuse issues

You must be a Wolverhampton Citizen to get the service.

Your advocate can come and see you at a time that suits your needs. We can make appointments between 9am and 7pm in the week, and on Saturday mornings.

Someone like a social worker or family member can refer you, or you can refer yourself, by contacting us by web form


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Universal Credit Legal Case

Universal Credit is now up and running in Wolverhampton for all new claims for adults (excluding PIP). New claims for ESA now come under the umbrella of Universal Credit. But severely disabled people without a carer are penalised under this system and losing between...

Ex-army helpline

A helpline for ex-soldiers who are experiencing poor mental health, after they have left the army starts today. The helpline will be funded by the Ministry of Defence, and can be used 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The helpline number is - 0800 323 4444

Get out and do something!

Loneliness and isolation are linked to poor health and wellbeing, especially in the colder months, older or disabled people can get quite isolated and go for days without seeing or speaking to anyone. Family carers also often do not get out and take some social time...

Benefits Sanctions

In the last 10 years, over a million disabled people have had their benefits stopped with sanctions. If this is you, and you had good reason to miss an appointment, appeal right away. You must ask for a Mandatory Reconsideration, and explain why you missed the...

Carers under stress

According to research published this month, almost 8 million informal carers across the UK are under significant stress and financial strain, - 15% of the population see themselves as informal carers, and 10% have been informal carers in the past. So a quarter of the...

New Blue Badge Rules proposed

The Department of Transport is considering widening the scope of Blue Badge scheme, so that people with less obvious impairments like autism and dementia are able to get blue badge parking. They are also looking at increasing the type of professionals who can assess...

Benefit Appeals – what is the cost?

The cost to the mental health of disabled people who have had their disability benefits removed has been high. Many have experienced poverty, depression, and worsening health as a result of DWP decisions. Many have given up and accepted the decision because appealing...

DWP not defending PIP Challenge

Last year, the DWP changed PIP rules for people with mental health problems, which meant that people who "cant follow the route of a familiar journey unless they have someone with them, due to overwhelming psychological distress" could no longer get high rate mobility...

Legal Challenge to PIP on Mental Illnesses

Omega Care is offering a series of free bereavement support groups; Share experiences and learn from others in similar situations Discover new coping skills and begin to focus on the future Develop your own plan for moving forward with life   Friday 21st October 2016...