Our Services in East Renfrewshire
- The Advocacy Project provide a free and confidential service that is independent of the NHS and Social Work.
- Independent advocacy can benefit those living at home, in care or in hospital.
- Our advocacy workers work with a number of clients, usually on a one to one basis, but we also support groups of people who have issues in common.
Services for Adults in East Renfrewshire
You are eligible for this service if you:
- Are an older person (65 or over)
- Are a younger adult (16-64) affected by disability
- Are resident in East Renfrewshire when the referral is made
People affected by the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 have a legal right to independent advocacy.
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.
Issue based advocacy:
- 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 focuses on resolving specific issues and will come to an end when the issue is resolved.
Sally is an 80 year old woman who lives in a care home. Attending weekly church services has always been very important to her.
What was life like before advocacy got involved?
The service that used to take Sally on her weekly church visits had closed and she was no longer able to go. She missed the visits and the contact that this gave her with her friends and the wider community.
How did advocacy involvement help?
Sally’s advocacy worker helped her to look at different options such as befrienders and other alternative services. Sally’s advocacy worker was able to find another suitable service that would meet Sally’s needs and after speaking with staff in the care home it was agreed that this could be included in Sally’s care plan. Sally started accessing weekly support to go to Church.
What was the outcome for Sally?
Sally was able to see her friends more often and able to have visits on a regular basis. The staff at the care home had a better understanding that this was something that was very important to her.
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.