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What is Independent Advocacy

Individual advocacy
for adults

We are funded to provide Individual Advocacy for people resident in East Lothian or Midlothian, whether in the community or in a hospital.

Mental health advocacy

If you’re aged between 18-65 and resident in East Lothian or Midlothian, whether in the community or in a hospital, and are experiencing a mental health issue.

Drug and alcohol advocacy

If you’re aged between 18-65 and resident in East Lothian or Midlothian and need support to have
your voice heard because of
drug or alcohol use.

LGBTQIA+ advocacy

If you’re aged between 18-65,
live in the Midlothian or East Lothian Council local authority area and you
identify as LGBTQIA+.

What is individual advocacy?

Sometimes it can feel hard to speak up or explain everything you want to say.

It can be hard to take in lots of complicated information in meetings. You may feel overwhelmed, rushed or not listened to.

Independent advocacy can help. Our advocacy workers can support you to:

  • Prepare for and attend meetings.
  • Have your say.
  • Get the information you need to help you make your own choices and understand your options.

People didn't take me as seriously as they should. Having an advocate meant that they were taking notice.

Person using our services

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