help-smallIndependent Advocacy Provision for Edinburgh. Partners in Advocacy are required to provide independent Advocacy under the contract held by City of Edinburgh Council and NHS Lothian to:

  • adults aged 16 years + who have learning disability
  • adults aged 16 years+ who have a physical disability
  • All adults who are 65 years +

We provide individual advocacy for all of the above and collective advocacy for:

  • adults aged 16 years+ who have a physical disability
  • all adults who are 65 years +

Referral Contact. Individual and collective advocacy should be referred to: Partners in Advocacy, Beaverhall House, 27/5 Beaverhall Road, Edinburgh EH7 4JE Tel: 0131 478 7723 edinburgh@partnersinadvocacy.org.uk

You can download more details about our service provision in Edinburgh and how to make a complaint here. If you know of someone who would benefit from independent advocacy please complete the Request for Advocacy form and send it to your local PiA office (Edinburgh, Glasgow or Dundee). You will then be contacted directly by a member of staff from your local office.

You can download a Word version of the form here. You can download a pdf version of the form here.

Advocacy is about sticking up for people who are at risk of being excluded, ignored or mistreated. It’s about helping people to find out about options, make choices and tell other people what they want to happen. It’s about making sure that people are fully involved in decisions that affect their lives – and that other people listen to them and take their views into account.

Advocates listen to people and find out what they want and need. They help people to think about different options – and what might happen. They support them to speak up for themselves – or if they are not able or willing to do that, to speak up for them. They help people to make changes in their lives. Sometimes they might help them to join in things in their community.

Advocates are completely on the side of the person they are advocating for. They help them to put across their views. They don’t give advice. They don’t try to persuade people, or tell them what they should do.

What are the different kinds of advocacy

Lots of people advocate for people in their lives – carers, family members, workers. But our advocates are completely independent – there is no conflict of interest. This means they are free to help the person to point forward their viewpoint, and to challenge when necessary.Partners in Advocacy provides three different kinds of advocacy.

  • Short-term advocates help people to sort out particular issues or problems. Short-term advocacy can last from a couple of sessions to several months – it depends on how complicated the problem is, or how long it takes to get things sorted.
  • Collective Advocacy support groups meet regularly to explore issues, develop confidence for mentors to speak up for themselves, support one another and take action. Sessions are facilitated by PiA staff.

Click here for more information about what kinds of advocacy we provide in each area.

Click here for how you can become an advocate.

Follow the link to the Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance for more information about advocacy www.siaa.org.uk.