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What is Independent Advocacy


1991: CAPS was established as an unconstituted organisation. 

1992: Lothian Users Forum was set up by CAPS to be a representative forum of people with experience of using mental health services.

1993: The first worker was employed.

1996: Individual Advocacy started in East Lothian and Midlothian.

1997: Lothian Users Forum was disbanded and Edinburgh Users Forum (EUF) was formed.

2003: The Mental Health Act was passed, which includes the right to independent advocacy.

2008: The Oor Mad History archive work began.

2009: Much More Than A Label, an experience-led group for people with experiences of Personality Disorder, began.

2010: East Lothian Involvement Group ended and CAPS took over the provision of collective advocacy in East Lothian.

2011: The Experiences of Psychosis collective advocacy began.

2011: AdvoCard took over the provision of collective advocacy in Edinburgh via Edinburgh Users Forum. 

2012: CAPS ‘Living with Labels’ film funded by See Me.

2013: Moved to the office in Old Stables, Musselburgh

2013: Lothian Voices began

2013: Out of Sight Out of Mind exhibition was held at Summerhall for the first time.

2014: LEARN (Education as Advocacy) began.

2014: Moved into the office in Argyle House.

2014: The first ‘People’s Conference’ was held.

2014: First Mad Peoples History and Identity course at Queen Margaret University.

2014: ‘Conversations for Change’ funded by See Me.

2014: Welfare Reform Individual Advocacy work began.

2015: “Seen But Not Heard”, collective advocacy group for people with experiences of Eating Disorders began.

2016: CAPS became a SCIO (Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation.)

2016: Experiences of Trauma collective advocacy group began.

2020: First Masters course in Mad Studies at QMU.

2020: Drug or Alcohol individual advocacy began.

2020: Children’s Hearings individual advocacy began.

2020: Peer Work Community of Practice in partnership with Health in Mind, funded by Thrive Edinburgh.

2021: LGBTQI+ Advocacy and Minority Ethnic Advocacy began.

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