Breaking Barriers 2024

Breaking Barriers is back after a highly successful conference in 2021; attended by over 100 health and social care professionals across the North West. The conference aims to bridge the gaps between services and provide better outcomes for the people we support. It is one day dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of the importance of advocacy and the impact it has on our communities.

This year’s conference is proudly sponsored by Stephensons Solicitors.


Jake Mills, CEO of Chasing the Stigma, will be returning to host our third Breaking Barriers Conference. An expert in mental health and wellbeing, and Advocacy Focus’ Patron, Jake is a true advocate of our mission to make advocacy accessible to all.


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This year’s featured sponsor is Ella Savell-Boss

Confirmed Speakers:

Headline speaker – Francesca Gardner from 39 Essex Chambers – ‘What now the Mental Health Act reform is ditched?’

Headline speaker – Neil Allen from 39 Essex Chambers – ‘Making the best use of Deprivations of Liberty Safeguards’

Headline speaker – Darren from Mission Impossible, Trafford Self-Advocacy Group – ‘The Importance of Self-Advocacy’

Workshop speaker – Philippa Curran from odonnells solicitors – ‘Welfare Matters”


Workshop speaker – Sophie Maloney from Stephensons Solicitors – ‘Internet, social media, and mental capacity’

Workshop speaker – Malcolm Johnson from Lime Solicitors – ‘Looked after Unaccompanied Asylum Seekers’

Workshop speaker – Demi Houghton from Advocacy Focus – ‘Challenging DoLS’

Workshop speaker – Kate Mercer from Kate Mercer Training – ‘Awesome Advocacy’

Workshop speaker – Laura Ingham from Armed Forces HQ – ‘Advocating for the armed forces community’

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