CAPS is an independent advocacy organisation. We provide individual and collective advocacy in East Lothian and Midlothian. We also host several experience-led projects across Lothian.

Individual Advocacy

Find out more about Individual Advocacy in East Lothian and Midlothian.

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Collective Advocacy

Find out more about Collective Advocacy in East Lothian and Midlothian

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Lothian-wide Projects

Find out more about our Lothian-wide collective advocacy projects

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News: 30 years of CAPS!

This year is CAPS’ 30th birthday! We invite your ideas of how to celebrate. Find out more on our news page

News: website redevelopment

We have a new Communications Manager! Catherine will working with a web designer on a new website in consultation with our staff, members and the people we work with. Read more on our news page

News: CAPS Thrive work – February 2021

For the latest information on CAPS Thrive work – Out of Sight Out of Mind, New Collective Advocacy projects for people from ethnic minority backgrounds and for LGBT+ people, and Experience Led research relating to Eating Disorders – please go to News  

Covid -19 – latest service updates – February 2021

The Individual Advocacy staff for East Lothian and Midlothian are working from home and regularly checking telephone messages so please get in touch with us on 0131 273 5118 if you need advocacy support. While we are unable to attend appointments face to face at the moment, we can arrange a telephone appointment with you and will try to assist you remotely as much as possible.

If you have an upcoming PIP telephone assessment and would like advocacy, an advocacy worker can take part in the assessment call as well to help you get all the information across that you want to. Please get in touch with us in advance and we will make you a telephone appointment with one of our advocacy workers to discuss.

You can call the Children and Young People’s Advocacy Team on 0131 273 5236 or email us at

Collective advocacy

We are holding collective advocacy meetings online now.  You can get in touch with the collective advocacy workers directly on

All LEARN courses have been cancelled. You can get in touch with us by email 


Mind Our Rights! report 

8 October 2020 This was launched on 8 October 2020 at the Human Rights-Based Care Partnership Symposium. Mind Our Rights! was an event in May 2019, organised by Advocard and the Patients Council at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital and CAPS. People with lived experience of mental health issues and people working in services came together to discuss rights-based care. We focused on the theme of 2019 Mental Health Awareness Week, body image. You can download the report from our Publications & Reports page

New Children’s Hearing Advocacy service

21 September 2020: We are delighted to announce our Children’s Hearings Advocacy service. Lara and Rosie are our Children & Young People’s Individual Advocacy Workers. They provide individual advocacy to children and young people who are being supported by the Children’s Hearings System. See the webpage for more details including how to contact them. 


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CAPS Independent Advocacy is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation. Scottish Charity number: SC021772

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