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Building Community Advocacy

Birmingham Community Advocacy (BCA) provides free and confidential advocacy services to patients detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 who reside with forensic care settings across Birmingham. We also offer a transition service to support people returning to life in the community after leaving care for up to a six-month period.

This service provides

As advocates, we provide independent information and options that enable people to make their own decisions on issues that affect their lives. 

  • We are completely independent from the NHS and other services. 
  • Our advocates are fully trained Independent Mental Health Advocates (IMHA’s).
  • We are also trained as Independent Mental Capacity Advocates (IMCA).
  • We provide 1:1 advocacy and group advocacy.

Our experience

BCA has over 35 years’ experience of providing independent community advocacy, working with specialist groups, such as:

  • D/deaf and hard of hearing
  • BAME
  • LGBTQ+
  • Older adults – both with Organic and Functional illnesses
  • Children and adolescents
  • People with eating disorders
  • Mother and Baby units

Download our BCA leaflets

You can download leaflets about the advocacy services we provide at Ardenleigh, Reaside and Tamarind forensic care settings below.

Further information

BCA is part of BID Services.

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Opening hours
Monday – Friday, 10am – 4pm.
0121 450 5141


Building Community Advocacy c/o Deaf Cultural Centre, Ladywood Road, Birmingham, B16 8SZ.

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Want to volunteer with us?

Our volunteers are invaluable and make a huge difference to our work. Whatever your skills, experience and interests, we probably have a volunteering opportunity that will suit you.

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