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Advocacy @ Cambridge House – Camberwell Road


The Independent Mental Health Advocates-IMHA’s- support people in Southwark who have had their freedom restricted on grounds of their mental health. People who are detained or sectioned in hospital under the mental health act, or have had their liberty restricted by Community Treatment Orders or other similarly restrictive orders have a legal right to understand their situation. Their advocates provide these services.

They are here to help people:

Understand the rights they are entitled to and the laws they are subject to.

Define and communicate their views and wishes.

Share their feelings with staff.

Fully understand their situation, their treatment and the future.

Protect their interests.

Be more involved in decisions which affect their care and treatment.

They are also able to act on people’s behalf when requested, and can help people understand what their loved one’s can do for them.

Independent Mental Advocacy service providing support to people living in Southwark. They offer instructed advocacy to people who have capacity, and non-instructed advocacy to those who lack capacity (people with a reduced ability to make decisions for themselves).  The advocacy service works mainly with hospitals and social services.  Individuals acting on behalf of friends/family, may want to contact hospital/social services about advocacy service for someone, as well as contacting the Cambridge House advocacy service.

For further info on services provided: http://www.ch1889.org/advocacy/


Specific Contact Details: http://www.ch1889.org/advocacy/contact.php


IMHA (For people who have been sectioned):

Telephone: 0207 358 7007

Facsimile: 0845 305 2163

Email: imha@ch1889.org


IMCA (Mental Capacity Advocates for people who are not able to make decisions for themselves):

Telephone: 0207 358 7000

Facsimile: 0845 300 8161

Email: imca@ch1889.org


Relevant Persons Representative (For people who are considered by professionals as being deprived of their liberty in hospital etc):

Telephone: 0207 358 7000

Facsimile: 0845 305 2164

Email: personsrep@ch1889.org


For further information regarding who qualifies for advocacy at Cambridge House:






Please note that Cambridge House do not deal with benefits, financial or housing issues (unless they are Occupational Therapist adaptations).

Contact Details

020 7358 7000/ 020 7358 7007



1 Addington Square,Camberwell New Road, London SE5 0HF

Other Info

Opening times:
Office Hours: 9.am-5pm (answerphone outside hours)

Free and confidential.

Disabled Access:
Appointments can be made at accessible locations.

Tube or Rail: Elephant & Castle. Buses: 12, 34, 35, 36, 40, 42, 45, 68, 171, 176, 185. http://www.ch1889.org/contact/findus.php

Other information:
General Advocacy- Mental Health needs. Phyiscal Disabilities. Sensory Impairment. HIV / AIDS. Substance Misuse. Referral/how to contact Phone, email or write. Self referral, or referrals from family, friends or professionals with patient's consent. However, the main referal procedure is via hospitals and social services. Target groups: Southwark residents. Area served: Acute psychiatric wards at Maudsley Hospital.

Last updated:
24th July 2018