Andy Howarth is an experienced member of our Mental Health team who is based at our Oswestry office.
Coming into law quite late in life following a career as a printer, graphic designer and an English teacher in Finland and France, Andy previously worked for the mental health charity, Mind. He has also worked as an inspector of psychiatric hospitals with the Care Quality Commission. All this makes him well qualified to advise not just mental health clients but also their relatives of their rights and responsibilities…
Andy first got involved with Mind as a volunteer in Salford in 1990 and soon realised mental health was the niche area in which he wanted to be. Back then Mind ran a Sunday drop-in and an advocacy scheme. Whilst advocacy is now on a statutory footing, Andy says it was voluntary schemes like theirs that demonstrated the value of it.
Andy has lived in Shropshire for over twenty years. To relax he indulges his passion for and talent in the arts and has exhibited sculpture and drawings at the Gateway Gallery in Shrewsbury. He can also sometimes be seen playing his bass guitar in pubs around the town. If you see him, please don’t give him money, as it only encourages him!