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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

May Day Holiday

Please note that the office will be closed on Monday 7th May. It will reopen as normal on Tuesday 8th May.

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 >

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