Voice of Advocacy is open to anyone in Lothian who has experience of using independent advocacy regardless of what this issue was or which independent advocacy service or group has provided the advocacy.
We want to make use of that personal advocacy experience to highlight the ways that working with an advocate can be important and can make all the difference for getting the most out of other services. The group is designing a training programme for professionals which will highlight the benefits of using advocacy services.
Once the training development is completed, members of the group will then go on to present the programme to students of relevant courses such as student nurses, doctors and social workers. The aim is that by reaching out to people who will be in relevant positions in the years to come, The Voice of Advocacy will influence tomorrow’s professionals and encourage the take up of independent advocacy generally.
This project is at an early stage of development. A number of people with a background in advocacy, either individual or collective, are being sought to take part. If you (or someone you know) is interested in joining Voice of Advocacy, please contact or have them contact: Jane Rubens, Independent Advocacy Development and Trainer Worker, at CAPS on 0131 273 2116 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The commitment needed for this project may well vary with some people taking a more involved role than others. We’d like to have as diverse a membership as possible, regardless of whatever advocacy service was used or whatever part of Lothian someone lives in. If you are interested, why not get in touch!