What is advocacy?

Advocacy is getting support from someone to help you express yourself and ask for the things you want when you find yourself in a difficult situation.  

Karla Coppendale is the Allsorts advocate, supporting 11-19 year old LGBT+ people in West Sussex and 16-25 year old LGBT+ people in Brighton and Hove area.

Our advocate will listen and support you in making important decisions about your needs and ensure that your voice is heard.  We believe that YOU are the expert on your own life and we will act on your instructions.

Advocacy can help you to: 

●     Express you views and concerns
●     Explore options and make decisions
●     Have your voice heard on issues that are important to you
●     Defend and safeguard your right
●     Improve your access to services and information to help you make informed decisions
●     Feel more empowered and in control of your life and practice self advocacy.

The Allsorts advocacy service is free to use, confidential, non-judgemental,empowering, led by you and independent from other services and professionals.

Get in touch with our advocate

If you are an LGBTU young person between 11-25 and would like to speak to our advocate or believe you have an advocacy issue please get in touch.


If you are over 18 and would like to speak to an advocate outside of these times, please get in touch with our partner advocacy service at MindOut.

"Hi I'm Karla and I’m the Advocate for young people in Urgent Need here at Allsorts. 

I support 11-19 year old LGBT+ people in West Sussex and 16-25 year old LGBT+ people in Brighton and Hove.

My Role is to support young people to explore the options they have when facing difficult situations. I help support young people in providing information on practical issues they may be facing and explore what steps are available to take next.

I help young people to speak up about what outcome they want from difficult situations and I can help to organise and attend appointments with agencies such as health services and social services.

My aim is to help facilitate the information and choices young people have and empower the young person to pick what option is best for them so they can learn to advocate for themselves.

The Allsorts Advocacy service is generously funded by the The Big Lottery Fund & West Sussex County Council.

Allsorts Youth Project Ltd © is registered charity in England & Wales and regulated by the Charity Commission under number 1123014 and a Company Limited by Guarantee under number 04154118. Registered office address: 69 Ship Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1AE.