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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 >

We Need To Talk About Advocacy Open Day

The Advocacy Project are holding an open day on Friday 17th August between 1pm and 4pm! This is an opportunity to come and talk about advocacy, give your feedback on our service or find out more about advocacy. There will be two focus groups also held for those who have previously been directly involved with our service. These will take place at the following times: Service Users: 1.30pm Referrers/Stakeholders: 2.30pm If you are interested in attending please contact us, we would love to see you there! Tel: 0141 420 0961 Email: enquiry@theadvocacyproject.org.uk

Carers Week 2018

Carers Week 2018 will be taking place from 11th to 17th June. This year, the focus will be supporting carers to stay Healthy and Connected. It is important that communities support carers to look after their loved ones well, but also recognise that carers are individual with health and well-being needs of their own. Around 6.5 million people in the UK provide valuable unpaid support to family, children and friends, it is calculated that this saves the economy £132 Billion pounds per year. Every day in the UK 6,000 people take on a caring role. Finding out information about the services and rights that you may be entitled to can be a challenge. Here is some information on Carers Week which includes links to information and resources. If you are in the South Lanarkshire area and are an adult caring for an adult with Mental Health issues we can also provide information on your rights and offer assistance accessing services. For more information on this service please contact us on 0141 420 0961. For information in relation to this event, please click here.

Dementia Awareness Week 2018

From 4th to 10th of June 2018 is Dementia Awareness week. Dementia affects not only the lives of the people living with dementia, but also the lives of their loved ones. The Advocacy Project works with people with dementia to ensure that their voice is heard throughout decisions made regarding their care and treatment. To learn more about this year’s Dementia Awareness Week please click here.

South Lanarkshire Carers Service – Upcoming Surgeries

As part of the new South Lanarkshire Carers Advocacy Service for adults caring for adults with mental health issues, we will be holding surgeries in South Lanarkshire. We currently have some surgeries which will be taking place at South Lanarkshire Carers Network in Hamilton on 28th June, 26th July, 30th August between 10am and 1pm. To arrange an appointment or find out more please contact The Advocacy Project on 0141 420 0961. We hope to arrange more surgeries soon and will post updates on this.

Scottish Learning Disability Week 2018

Scottish National Learning Disability Week will be held from 14th – 20th May and is hosted by the Scottish Commission for Learning Disability. This year the theme is ‘My Generation’, and will focus on the experience’s of young people living with learning disabilities in Scotland. It also allows older people with learning disabilities to reflect upon how much Scotland has changed during their lifetime. For more information, please click here.

Mental Health Awareness Week 2018

Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 is taking place from 14th to 20th May. This year the campaign, hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, is focusing on stress. According to studies, two thirds of us experience a mental health issue at some point throughout our lives, and stress is a key factor in this. Stress can affect our day to day lives, and if we try and address it, we can go a long way to tackle other mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. The campaign looks at ways in which we can reduce stress and improve our mental health. For more information, please click here.

South Lanarkshire Carers Advocacy Service

We are now able to provide advocacy support to carers within the South Lanarkshire area. This service is now available to adults aged 16 or over, who currently reside in South Lanarkshire, and are caring for adults with Mental Health Issues. As part of this service, we can offer meetings with people within their own homes or the most suitable venue for them. For more information regarding this service or to make a referral, you can call us on 0141 420 0961 or email us at enquiry@theadvocacyproject.org.uk

Independent Advocacy in Social Security

On 25th April MSPs will vote on Amendment 35 of the Social Security Bill. This allows The Scottish Government to regulate advocacy services. We believe this would affect the independent nature of advocacy and be a conflict of interests. To oppose the amendment you can contact your MSP and ask that as your representative in Parliament they vote against this amendment. You can do this by simply clicking here and popping in your details and constituency and an email will automatically be sent to your local MSP. Thanks in advance for your support.

North Lanarkshire Service Update

From 1st February 2018, independent advocacy for younger adults (16 – 64) with a disability living in North Lanarkshire will be provided by: North Lanarkshire Advocacy Service Their contact details are: Phone: 01698 358 245 Address: 51 Kirk Rd, Wishaw, ML2 7BL, Website: www.equalsay.org Adults aged 65 or over should contact Equals Advocacy

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