Partners in Advocacy – supporting individuals
Welcome to Partners in Advocacy’s Home page. (PiA) provides independent advocacy to support people to have their voices heard, their opinions respected and to be empowered to be involved in the important decisions that affect their lives. We currently have services in Edinburgh & the Lothians, Glasgow, East Renfrewshire and Dundee.
Independent advocacy is free and confidential - anyone can make a referral. PiA is independent of local social work and NHS professionals. If you are interested in learning more about our work or would like to make a referral for yourself or someone you know, please contact us.
Our website also provides some useful documents about independent advocacy and information about volunteering and advocacy services provided by Partners in Advocacy in various locations across Scotland.
Aims of Partners In Advocacy
Our advocates work to the principles and standards as outlined in the SIAA’s P & S documents and aim to support individuals or sometimes in a group to:
- Ensure that their voices are heard and their opinions respected
- Have as much control over decisions that affect them as they want
- Access appropriate resources and information
- Feel that they are part of their local community
- Access specialist information and advice (independent advocates don’t give advice)
Advocacy is something we all do for ourselves or for others on a daily basis. Independent Advocacy Services are something we may all need at some time in our lives.
Advocacy Workers do
- Listen to you
- Ensure your views are heard
- Promote your rights
- Help you to find solutions
Advocacy Workers don't
- Tell you what to do
- Decide things for you
- take other people's sides
- Share your information unless someone is at risk
When might you need an Advocacy Worker
- When you are having problems in your life, at home, in school or in the community
- When no one is listening
- When you fel there's no one on your side