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Free Professional Learning & Development Event

Free Half Day Event: Professional Development & Learning Pathway – Independent Advocacy Scotland – 20th April 2017 @ The Advocacy Project, Cumbrae House, Glasgow – 11.00am – 2.30pm – Lunch & Refreshments Provided. Exclusive to SIAA Full & Affiliate 1 Members.

The Advocacy Project is hosting an event themed around professional learning & development. This follows on from the SIAA national conference discussion in November where The Advocacy Project led a workshop discussing professional development for independent advocates and CPD for the advocacy sector.
The workshop was extremely well attended for both sessions indicating a high level of interest amongst members, and we wish to offer your organisation the opportunity to meet up and progress that discussion.

We wish to offer the opportunity to like-minded advocacy organisations to collaborate in taking this agenda forward. It would be beneficial if delegates attending this event have the authority to represent and speak for their organisation.

We have identified 2 themes to try and focus upon and are open to suggestions from you of others:

• Accredited Qualification Development in Advocacy Practice
• Establishing a ‘Community of Practice’ aimed at promoting learning excellence across the sector

The discussions will be introduced by:

• Teresa Dolan – Training Enterprise & Development – Continuous Professional Development for Independent Advocacy.
• Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework – What is Qualification Credit Rating & its benefits?
• Gerry McGuire – L&D Manager @ The Advocacy Project – The Development & Roll Out of the Professional Practice Award in Advocacy Practice.

Please note this event is for registered full SIAA & affiliate 1 member organisations only.

If you are interested in attending can you please confirm by 14th April to:

Gerry McGuire
L&D Manager on 0141 420 0961
Email: gerry@theadvocacyproject.org.uk

Disabled Access Day 2017

disabled access day

Disabled Access Day events are taking place across the UK this weekend, on the 10th – 12th of March. These events are a great way to try something new for people with access needs.

You can see what’s on in Glasgow, or search for events closer to you, here.
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You can find out more about Disabled Access Day and accessible venues on their website: https://www.disabledaccessday.com/home/

Time To Talk Day

time to talk

Today is Time To Talk Day. This initiative is aimed at reducing stigma for those with mental health problems. Many people with mental health problems suffer in silence – so let’s reduce the stigma to make it easier for people to talk. Check out this article from the BBC where people with mental health problems discuss their experiences: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38814377

For more information on the Time to Talk campaign you can visit their website: http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/timetotalkday

Dignity Action Day 2017

February 1st 2017 is Dignity Action Day, an awareness day organised by the charity Dignity In Care to promote awareness of the importance of dignity and human rights to vulnerable people in care situations. The Advocacy Project is a rights-based organisation, and are proud to support the people we work with to be treated with dignity and have their human rights respected. For more information on Dignity Action Day, visit the Dignity in Care website.

World Braille Day 2017

January 4th is World Braille Day, celebrating the birth date of the inventor of braille. As an organisation, The Advocacy Project is committed to providing its materials in alternative formats to meet the needs of the people we work with. You can find out more about Louis Braille at the RNIB website.

Knitting Group


The Advocacy Project’s lunchtime knitting group has been working on activity muffs for dementia patients for the past few months. Now that they’re finished, our Older People’s Service teams in Glasgow and South Lanarkshire will be taking them out to care homes and hospitals when they’re on visits to clients.

If you’re interested in making your own activity muffs for a relative, or a local care home or hospital, the pattern our knitting group used can be found here.

Christmas e-card

The Advocacy Project would like to send everyone warm wishes over the festive period. You can watch our Christmas e-card on the video above!

World Suicide Prevention Day 2016

10th September is World Suicide Prevention Day 2016. We wanted to share this infographic by Beyond Blue which we thought many would find useful. Why not print a copy and put it in your office or a public place? If you would like to read more check out the Beyond Blue website


If you are anyone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts then you can also call the following freephone helplines for a chat or check out their websites:

Breathing Space: 0800 83 85 87

Samaritans: 116 123

NHS 24: 111

SAMH: 0800 073 0918

New Credit Rated Scottish Advocacy Practitioner Qualification

 The Advocacy Project are proud to announce the launch of a new practice qualification for independent advocates. Following collaboration with Edinburgh Napier University Credit Rating Team and the Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework, the new qualification ‘The Professional Practice Award’ (PPA) is now being undertaken by 16 advocates at The Advocacy Project. Over the next 9 months another 20 advocates will be joining the program. The PPA has been developed by us and is about advocacy and individual rights in Scotland and is open firstly to advocates at The Advocacy Project and later this year to the SIAA advocacy sector in Scotland.

The PPA has been credit rated by Edinburgh Napier and is a great opportunity for advocates to get a formal Scottish qualification in advocacy.

To find out more of have a chat about the PPA contact Gerry McGuire at the Advocacy Project.           


Deaf Awareness Week 2016

This week is Deaf Awareness Week. As an organisation we strive to be deaf aware and utilise communication tools where we can identify a role, whether its for our clients or individuals from other agencies we worth with. We also have two advocacy workers qualified in Level 3 British Sign Language (BSL)! You can read more about Deaf Awareness Week on the Action on Hearing Loss website

Thanks for reading!

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