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Below you will find a wide range of advice and guidance for adults at risk, carers and the public, from national and local services.


Independent Mental Capacity Advocates (IMCAs) are a safeguard for people who lack capacity to make some important decisions. The IMCA role is to support and represent the person in the decision-making process. Essentially they make sure that the Mental Capacity Act 2005 is being followed. Information about the IMCA service provided by NCompass: IMCA Hub Factsheet.pdf


Suicide Bereavement UK provide resources for anyone bereaved or affected by suicide here.

The Coroners’ Courts Support Service provides support and guidance for bereaved people attending Inquests. Please view their leaflet here: CCSS Bereavement Leaflet.pdf


The Oldham Dementia Partnership have produced an information handbook for people in Oldham living with dementia, their family and carers. Take a look here.

Forced Marriage

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office has published information for people directly affected by forced marriage here.

HM Courts and Tribunal Service have provided a guide to how Forced Marriage protection orders can protect people here.


The Coroners’ Courts Support Service provides information for those attending an Inquest at a Coroner’s Court. Please view their leaflet here: CCSS Helpline Leaflet.pdf

Loan Sharks

If you can answer yes to one or more of these questions you might be borrowing from a loan shark: Did they offer you a cash loan? Did they not give you paperwork? Did they add huge amounts of interest or APR to your loan? Have they threatened you? Are you scared of people finding out? Have they taken your bank card, benefit card, passport, watch or other valuables from you?

If you are the victim of a loan shark, please don’t suffer in silence, help and support is available from 'Stop Loan Sharks' also known as the England Illegal Money Lending Team. Their specialist team of investigators and LIASE officers work together throughout the country to stop loan sharks lending illegally and to prosecute them.

Support for Adults who have been abused

Beyond Existing provide support groups for adults who have been abused. The groups meetings take place in Leeds (but they are happy to take referrals from surrounding areas). Therapeutic groups are run for men and women (aged over 18) who have experienced abuse in childhood and/adulthood; or who are currently living in abusive situations. The groups meet once a month usually on a Saturday. There is no charge for attending a group, but commitment to attend regularly is required. Transport cannot be provided. Survivors can refer themselves or a professional/worker can refer (with consent). Please view a leaflet here: Beyond Existing Leaflet 2020.pdf

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