Collective Advocacy – East Lothian

CAPS provides Collective Advocacy opportunities for people who live in East Lothian and who use, or have used, mental health services. The Mental Health (Care and Treatment) Act 2003 gives people the right to access Independent Advocacy.

So groups of individuals with a common cause come together to raise awareness, campaign and influence service planning and provision. CAPS works with groups in East Lothian to talk about mental health services and other issues.

If you, or a group you go to, would like to meet with someone from CAPS then you can contact us on 0131 273 5116 to arrange a meeting or to get more information. You can also email

If you would like mental health information related to East Lothian you can find it at eastspace

You can read about what is happening just now in East Lothian in our recent newsletter here

You can also read the recent report about what people in East Lothian said was important to them, called ‘Things to Do, Places to Go, People to See’

 East Lothian News: 

“Last year East Lothian became the second local authority in Scotland to implement the new Universal Credit welfare benefit system. People have told CAPS that the process, information and timescales involved in claiming this new benefit can be confusing and stressful.


CAPS would like to know what your experiences of Universal Credit have been. Have you claimed this benefit? How have you found the process? Is it easy to manage? Are there things that you think could be better?


If you would like to share your views on this topic you can complete an online survey through the link below:


If you would prefer to complete this as a hardcopy please get in contact and we can send you one by post. If you would like me to come to a group that you attend to talk about this or you think it would be good to organise a meeting where people could come together to discuss their experiences please get in contact with me, Ele, on 0131 273 5116 or”



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