Kathryn Dempster, Senior Advocate at n|compass, explains how her organisation got involved in celebrating 70 years of universal human rights

2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  As part of the British Institute of Human Rights' March for Human Rights campaign, the St Helens Advocacy Hub have been involved in the promotion of human rights for people who are detained under the Mental  Health Act, as well as informal patients. We have met with ward manager, Chris Miller, to explain the importance of human rights and how advocacy can help to uphold those rights.

Chris was given a copy of the BIHR publication ‘Mental Health, Mental Capacity and Human Rights: A Practitioner’s Guide' which is part of a series of toolkits to help health and care practitioners use human rights to in their work.

We encouraged everyone to get involved by signing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 70th birthday card. BIHR will deliver the card to Parliament on 10 December, global Human Rights Day.

As part of the March for Human Rights celebrations, BIHR's Helen came to speak at the Wirral Advocacy Hub's first anniversary event in Birkenhead. Helen spoke about the importance of using human rights in advocacy, to ensure people using services are treated with dignity and respect. She shared stories and good practice examples from her work with n|compass on the project Care and Support: A Human Rights Approach to Advocacy.

BIHR's Helen Wildbore and n|compass' Karen Blair at the Wirral Advocacy Hub first anniversary event