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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.

Easter Holidays

Please note that the office will be closed on Friday 30th March and Monday 2nd April for the Easter Period.

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

Festive Holidays

The office will be closed on the following days over the festive period: Monday 25th December Tuesday 26th December Friday 29th December (half-day) Monday 1st January Tuesday 2nd January We will be open as usual other than the days listed. We wish you a Merry Christmas and all the best for 2018.

We Are Recruiting!!!

Following a review of our structure, The Advocacy Project is excited to announce two new job roles within our team. The Advocacy Project is committed to ensuring that we provide the best possible service for the people we work with. To meet our current needs and opportunities, we are looking to invest in a Team Leader position (F/T) and a Business Development Lead (P/T 21 hours per week). Our provision of 1:1 independent advocacy continues to grow and we are seeking an enthusiastic individual with a commitment to advocacy to lead within our busy advocacy service. Alongside this we are looking to further develop our provision of services in Engagement & Involvement and Learning & Development and are looking for a dynamic individual who will ensure these services reach the people that need them. These posts are both permanent, commencing as soon as possible. We want to speak to people who are passionate about equality and human rights. Our ethos is that people should be empowered to reach their full potential and have their voice heard. If you would like to be part of our team, please get in touch. The closing date is the 25th October 2017. Team Leader Continue Reading >

September Weekend Public Holidays

The office will be closed on the following days for the September Weekend: Friday 22nd September Monday 25th September We will be open as usual other than the days listed.

SCLD ‘Building Bridges: from Policy to Practice’ event

Yesterday we headed to Perth to take part in the SCLD ‘Building Bridges: from Policy to Practice’ event. The purpose of the day was to talk about asset based approaches, including discussing recent research, showcasing some examples and talking about what happens next to make it the norm rather than the exception. Our video above features John telling us how the presentation went – thanks for coming to speak with us John! One of the reasons Support to Report worked so well was the assets that everyone brought to the group. Group members were able to explain hate crime and the importance of reporting it in a way that we never could. The value of their engagement with services in their communities went above and beyond raising the profile of disability hate crime and the impact on the group members in terms of confidence and self esteem was significant. Focusing on what people can do and what they bring to the table rather than what holds them back seems like such a simple thing and it is the approach lots of us have based our service model on for years. Jargon may change but the principles are not new. Now Continue Reading >

Talking Mats – simple steps to communication

Earlier this year, we were really pleased to meet our target to train all our advocacy workers in Talking Mats. This was a big achievement for us – training involves 2 full days (with homework!) so it has taken a fair bit of commitment from the organisation and the staff members to get us to this point. So why’s that so important to us? Well one of the key principles underpinning everything we do is that people should be involved in decisions that affect them. All decisions, no matter how big (where they live, how they spend their money) or how small (what tv they watch, what they have for their breakfast). It’s the job of an advocate to help people share their views as much as they can. But it’s not always that simple for people to say how they feel – there are so many things that can put a barrier in the way for people, including disability or health conditions that impact on a person’s capacity to communicate. Talking Mats is one method to try to navigate around some of these barriers. It’s a really simple but effective tool for a person to communicate how they feel about particular subjects Continue Reading >

Glasgow Fair Weekend

The office will be closed on Monday 17th July for the Glasgow Fair. The office will be open as normal the rest of the week.

Talking Mats Training

Congratulations to our latest Talking Mats trainees who completed their Talking Mats (TM) and Talking Mats Keeping Safe (KS) training in May/June of this year. The Advocacy Project has now achieved its goal of ensuring all of its current front line staff are Talking Mats trained. We now have 36 staff trained in the use of Talking Mats and the Talking Mats Keeping Safe Resource, enhancing communication for our service users and supporting them to be involved in decisions about their lives. Well done! Click below for more info on TM & KS. Talking Mats – How It Works Talking Mats – Specialist Seminars  

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