Monthly Archives: November 2018

Vietnamese Visitors

The Advocacy Project was delighted to welcome 22 government ministers from the Ministry of Social Insurance (Social Security) in Hanoi, Vietnam, organised by City of Glasgow College. The ministers travelled to the UK to discover more about community engagement and how we access and support advisory and support services. They were particularly interested in the services of The Advocacy Project, and umbrella organisations such as Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance (SIAA), as these services are not available in Vietnam. The group were welcomed by The Advocacy Project CEO, Moira Nicholson and were offered traditional Vietnamese coffee and cream, which went down a storm. Shaben Begum, Director of SIAA, explained the role and requirement of independent advocacy. At any one time in Scotland, 21% of the population have a statutory right to advocacy. Shaben spoke of the campaign to promote the inclusion of the right to independent advocacy in the Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018. Disabled people now have a right to advocacy under this new legislation and the campaign continues to ensure that everyone has a legal right to independent advocacy if they need it. Our Operations Director, Gerry McGuire, spoke of the Key Benefits and Outcomes of Independent Advocacy for Continue Reading >