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LGBTQIA+ Individual Advocacy now available in East Lothian

CAPS is delighted to announce that we can now provide Individual Advocacy to people who identify as LGBTQIA+ in East Lothian. This complements our LGBTQIA+ Advocacy service that has been offered in Midlothian for the last year, which will continue. The service across East Lothian and Midlothian will provide Individual Advocacy workers. They will support you to say how you feel and what you want to happen. They will help you to have a stronger voice with other services. You do not need to have mental health issues to take advantage of this service. We can help you in many different situations from gender identity clinic appointments to meetings about your education. We’ll be by your side helping you to be heard. Find out more.

What is Individual Advocacy for people who identify as LGBTQIA+?

We all need support to speak up sometimes. In the LGBTQIA+ community you may have experiences where you didn’t feel you were listened to, understood or treated fairly by services because of your identity.

An Individual Advocacy worker is there to be by your side. Independent Advocacy is free and confidential. We won’t tell you what to do or take anyone else’s side but yours. The service is for people aged 18-65 living in East Lothian or Midlothian who identify as LGBTQIA+.

A graphic representing LGBTQIA+ advocacy. You and your Independent Advocacy worker at the centre and the other services in your life around you: advice worker, employer, lawyer, education provider, social care, gender identity clinic, GP.

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