Monthly Archives: August 2014

Healthy Working Lives Award

On Friday 15th Aug, The Advocacy Project had a visit from The Bike Station. The event was held to help us gain our Healthy Working Lives Bronze Award. 9 staff took part in a Cycle Training Taster Session after visiting Dr Bike and a Travel Advice Drop-in session, a very successful day!

Research Report Published

A report we commissioned alongside an engagement project carried out by the Engagement and Involvement Team has been published on Research Unbound. The project sought to engage with older people from BME backgrounds in Glasgow. We spoke to members of BME communities about their experiences of accessing Health and Social Care. The researcher worked alongside this project and used our findings along with interviews with professionals and a literature review to complete this report. The report can be read here:   http://www.researchunbound.org.uk/bme/

Self-directed support event

The Advocacy Project attended an event on 30th July 2014 hosted by Social Work Scotland at Raploch Community Centre in Stirling. The Advocacy Project delivered a presentation, along with Emma Miller from Strathclyde University, staff members and a service user from East Ayrshire Council regarding our perspectives on outcomes and assessments for individuals who are in the middle of the self directed support process. The workshop afterwards focussed on developing learning materials that will support the skills and understanding of professionals, and focus on what matters most to person.

Mental Health Act Consultation

A few months ago Engagement & Involvement held a focus group for interested ‘ Advocacy Project’ service users to give their feedback to the proposed changes to The Mental Health Act. The feedback from our clients was submitted to the Scottish Government for inclusion in the consultation. A total of 11 Advocacy organisations including ourselves submitted a response to the proposed amendments. Thank you to everyone who attended a very successful event, hopefully the first of many. Here is the analysis of the responses.