Collective Advocacy Workers
I am the Midlothian and East Lothian Collective Advocacy worker for CAPS. I started working here in October 2014. My role is to support groups of people who access Mental Health services Lothian, to highlight issues that are important to people and help them to have their voices heard where decisions are being made in order to bring about positive change. I also work with a group of people with experience of trauma who are interested in influencing the set up of Lothian’s new trauma service -Rivers Centre.When I’m not at work I love to spend time with my husband and son, usually doing something outrageous…potentially dangerous but always hugely fun! I love singing and dancing and kick box fitness!
I’ve been a Collective Advocacy Development Worker with CAPS since March 2017. I work with two of the Lothian-wide collective advocacy projects, Much More Than a Label and Experiences of Psychosis.
I am interested in how people communicate what their experience is like from their perspective. I am also excited by finding ways for others to listen to that experience, to facilitate conversations, changing attitudes and perceptions.
I like being outside: walking, running, cycling and hills. And being inside: reading, music, food and drink. I find myself often looking for ways to be quiet when I am surrounded by noise!
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, Hibernian FC, 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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