Collective Advocacy Workers
I started as LEARN Assistant in Aug 2016 after a period of recovery following retirement from the Civil Service due to mental ill-health. This job is a real change and I love it! I co-ordinate course applications, prepare course material, record evaluations, answer phones, welcome people and generally try to make myself useful. Mental Health Advocacy has become an important part of my life.
Away from work, I like spending time with my daughter, general arty-craftiness, music/comedy gigs, cookery, a good café and learning French. I volunteer in my local community greengrocers and help to run the monthly Edinburgh Mad Jam Open Mic events, where I can be found dishing out hot drinks and, if you’re lucky, home-made stovies and reciting poetry (though not all at once!).
Individual Advocacy Workers
I joined CAPS in 2003 as a volunteer, and since 2007 I have been a full time Individual Advocacy Worker. My main responsibility is to provide advocacy support to East Lothian and Midlothian people who are affected by the Mental Health Act and so I spend much of my working time at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, though I also support people in the community.
I started with CAPS in June 2014. My role is to provide independent advocacy to ensure the person’s voice and their views are heard when dealing with difficult issues relating to their health, benefits, housing etc… I have previously worked in Family Learning, Youth Work and Domestic Abuse settings. I am currently involved in various community projects; enjoy spending time with my family and going for long walks.
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