In 2000 Asist set up Reach, a speaking up group for people with learning disabilities in Stoke-on-Trent. Reach group advocacy is part of Asist Community Advocacy.


  • Reach Members speak up for people with learning disabilities in Stoke-on-Trent as well as speaking up about their communities.


  • Reach Members work together with Universities to make tools and resources that help people to communicate and speak up.

” In real life a learning disability is when someone learns to do things slower. Someone may find it difficult to understand complicated words or to concentrate for a long time. 

But we can still do what other people do. Having a learning disability means I need help with some things, but I am a published author, a university speaker, an award winner and a peer researcher…”

Carl West, Reach Member, 2016.


Asist provides specialist independent advocacy support focused on one-to-one, issue based advocacy services for people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and/or mental health issues.


Advocacy is about enabling people who have difficulty speaking out to speak up and make their own, informed, independent choices about decisions that affect their lives.


Asist provides the Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy service (IMCA) and the Independent Mental Health Act Advocacy service (IMHA) in Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent. Asist also offers advocacy to people in Stoke on Trent through a number of specialist projects including Care Act, BME, NHS Complaints and Parents Advocacy.

Asist is nationally recognised for developing, writing and promoting the Watching Brief guidance which outlines the core principles that underpin all Non-Instructed Advocacy support services across the UK.

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Registered office: Asist, Winton House, Stoke Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 2RW

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