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What is Independent Advocacy

New eating disorder service

CAPS has recently launched a new project providing independent individual advocacy especially for people experiencing an eating disorder.

Sometimes it can feel hard to speak up or explain everything you want to say. You may feel overwhelmed, rushed or not listened to. Our Independent Advocacy workers will help you to have a stronger voice. They will help you to have more choice and control over your situation and your life.

We know from the collective advocacy we do with people with eating disorders that many people say that they feel alone. An Independent Advocacy worker can be by your side, not judging, just listening to you.

Your voice matters. If you are experiencing an eating disorder or think you might be, CAPS Independent Advocacy can help you say how you feel and what you want.

Independent Advocacy provides information which can help you decide what choices to make or action to take. The worker could attend appointments with you, making sure you are not dismissed. They would make sure that people take your views and needs seriously. They will make sure you know your rights.

CAPS is a completely free and confidential service.

We can provide eating disorder individual advocacy to you if you live in East Lothian, Midlothian, West Lothian, or Edinburgh, (either in the community or in hospital). We have an adult team who work with people aged 16-65 and a children and young people’s team that work with children and young people aged 5-18. You do not need to have a formal diagnosis to receive advocacy support from our service.

If you are experiencing an eating disorder, or think you might be, and would like to take up independent advocacy please get in touch:

For adults

phone: 0131 273 5118

or email:

Or fill in a referral form

For children and young people

Call the Children and Young People’s Advocacy Team on 0131 273 5236

Or email:

Or fill in a referral form

You can also ask an adult to contact us for you if you would prefer that.

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