What We Do

at Partners in Advocacy

These are the services that we provide

Advocacy is about speaking up for those who cannot speak for themselves. 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.

Advocacy Workers 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.

Advocacy Workers 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 different kinds of advocacy.

  • Short-term one-to-one advocacy 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. Read more…
  • 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. Read more…
  • Non-Instructed Advocacy – Attempts to understand the situation of a person through varying forms of communication and observation. Using this approach to promote conversation about the situation and also promote rights. Read more…
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Advocacy Services provided in Edinburgh, Mid & East Lothian

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Advocacy Services provided in Greater Glasgow and East Renfrewshire

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Advocacy Services provided in Dundee and surrounding area

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