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Advocacy and someone to speak on your behalf

There will be a change to your usual bin collection day on week commencing Monday 30 May, due to the extra Bank Holiday. Our crews will be working between Monday to Thursday and all refuse collections that week will move a day forward. View your bin collection calendar.

If you'd like someone to speak on your behalf or who can help you to speak up for yourself, there are organisations that can help you. Someone who represents your rights and interests is called an 'advocate'.

People First Independent Advocacy Hub

All advocacy referrals for people who live in Middlesbrough are managed by the People First Independent Advocacy Hub.  

Fill in the online form on the People First website to get:

  • an Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA)
  • an Independent Mental Capacity Advocate
  • a Paid Relevant Persons Representative 
  • a Care Act Advocate
  • a Non-Statutory (General) Advocate

People First can offer further support by calling 03003 038 037 or by emailing