Partners in Advocacy


Including the East Lothian and Midlothian areas

Our Edinburgh office is the head office for Partners in Advocacy and is also home to our Midlothian and East Lothian services, as well as our Edinburgh services.

Our Edinburgh service has over time expanded and with this has increased the number of people we can provide a service to. So much so that we are one of the largest advocacy providers in the Edinburgh area.

Currently within the Edinburgh area we provide the following services –

One to one, issue based advocacy

  • People with a learning disability, 16 years old or older, who have a known diagnosis and this includes conditions such as autism.
  • People with physical disability, 16 years and older. Under this section of our work this includes a person with a brain injury or a dementia.
  • Older people aged 65 years and older, who has nobody else to speak on their behalf.

Group/collective advocacy

  • Older people with a shared goal.
  • People with physical disability with a shared goal.

Children and young people’s advocacy

  • 5-19 years old with an additional support need (not including looked after children) in Edinburgh and the Lothians.
  • 12 – 15 years old who wish to challenge decisions being made by education authorities across Scotland.

Also, in the Edinburgh office we have Volunteer Advocacy Workers that work with our service. All our volunteers go through our advocacy training programme and have on-going support and training as they work with us. If you are interested in volunteering, please keep an eye on our volunteer recruitment section.


Partners in Advocacy work in partnership with an organisation called People First. People First provide group/collective advocacy to people with a learning disability in Edinburgh.

East Lothian

Partners in Advocacy have been funded by East Lothian Council to provide independent, individual and collective advocacy services for adults with a learning disability in East Lothian. Independent advocacy is available to adults with a learning disability, aged 16 and over.

Partners in Advocacy’s collective advocacy service involves bringing adults with learning disabilities together in informal meetings, to discuss issues of common interest. The topics of conversation are determined by the group members themselves. Smart Talk, a collective advocacy group in East Lothian, meets every second week and promotes awareness of local issues and offers a platform to speak up.


Partners in Advocacy are well established within the Midlothian area, providing one to one issue based advocacy.

The service that we provide in Midlothian is available to those with a learning disability who are 16 years and older

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Advocacy Services provided in Edinburgh, Mid & East Lothian

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Advocacy Services provided in 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