Our Services in South Lanarkshire

Mental Health Service

You are eligible for this service if you:

  • Are 16 – 65
  • Are resident in South Lanarkshire when the referral is made
  • Have a mental health issue, although a formal diagnosis is not needed

People affected by the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 have a legal right to independent advocacy.

South Lanarkshire

Older People Service

You are eligible for this service if you:

  • Are 65 or over
  • Are resident in South Lanarkshire when the referral is made

We will support people with a variety of issues, but this service has a focus on older people affected by mental ill health and/or incapacity and those at risk of harm.

Issue based advocacy

The Advocacy Project provides issue based advocacy. This means that advocacy support is offered to address a specific issue or situation. The advocacy support will be provided until the situation has been resolved.

We support people with many different issues – things like housing, child protection and parenting issues, personal finances, access to appropriate health and social care including care home placements etc.

  • Is temporary and does not involve a long term commitment
  • Is provided by trained advocates with knowledge and skills to help
  • Support from the advocate focusses on resolving specific issues and will come to an end when the issue is resolved

Case Example

Margaret is detained in hospital on a short-term detention order under the Mental Health Act after her family raised concerns for her mental health to her GP and Community Psychiatric Nurse. Margaret has never been placed on a detention before

What was life like before advocacy got involved?

Margaret was unsure of her rights and did not know how long she would be in hospital. This made her extremely anxious and she was worried about losing her council tenancy

How did advocacy involvement help?

An advocacy worker went out to visit Margaret in hospital and explained her rights under the Mental Health Act and how the process works. They contacted the housing association on her behalf to inform them of her admission to hospital and supported Margaret to find a solicitor. The solicitor visited her in hospital and informed her of her right to appeal

What was the outcome for Margaret?

Margaret was able to appeal the short term detention through her solicitor and had advocacy support. She felt her views her heard and she appreciated having an independent person to speak to

For more examples of advocacy input you can view and download our booklet: Reflections – Stories of Change

Please see our contact page for more information on making a referral. If your needs don’t match the criteria here, you can find information on other independent advocacy providers at the Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance website.