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We are People First

Everyone has right to be respected and to have a say on the issues that shape their lives

As an independent advocacy charity we stand shoulder to shoulder with people across the North of England to champion fairness and equality.

A mother fighting to keep her son. A young person with learning difficulties training for work. A family who are experiencing issues accessing healthcare. 

We challenge the term 'vulnerable' by supporting people to understand their rights and to be heard when they need it most. 

Independent Advocacy

Our Advocacy services help people live their lives the way they want to. 

We listen to those who need to be heard, we empower people to have their say, and we engage with services to increase awareness and improve support.

Life-changing Hospitality

Modern meeting rooms and state-of-the-art conference facilities. Whether your booking is small or large, our team is ready to help.

Direct Payments

Impartial advice and support to help you if you are interested in, or currently receiving direct payments or Personal Health Budgets.

Education and Inclusion

Our Education and Inclusion services have been designed to support people to live independent lives and provide opportunities to develop life skills, confidence and work experience.  


Healthwatch is a powerful, independent, community-based organisation. It has the law behind it and is made more powerful by the national influence of Healthwatch England and the Government. We want everyone to be part of Healthwatch. 

Whilst Healthwatch Cumberland, Healthwatch Westmorland and Furness and Healthwatch Lancashire is delivered by People First it has a separate Board and Chair ensuring that services remain independent.

Join our team

Working at People First is all about improving people’s lives. If you’re looking for a job that makes a difference, take a look at our Vacancies page.