Monthly Archives: June 2015

Mental Welfare Commission to collate info on access to advocacy

The Advocacy Project welcomes the news that The Mental Health Bill, which was passed by Government this week, has tasked the Mental Welfare Commission to collate and report on access to independent advocacy across Scotland. This has been the result of a lobbying campaign, led by the Scottish Independence Advocacy Alliance, to ensure that the voice of service users continues to be at the heart of the care and treatment they receive. You can read more about this here: MWC welcomes new powers  

Human Rights Films Launched Today

The Advocacy Project is proud to have been part of this – see our film at the end of the news release below! News Release: New films show power of human rights to improve people’s health and care     The Scottish Human Rights Commission, the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) and NHS Health Scotland have joined forces to launch a series of short films highlighting the power of human rights to improve people’s health and the care and support they access.   Produced as part of Scotland’s National Action Plan for Human Rights (SNAP), the five short films share people’s experiences of using human rights to challenge and improve the quality of the health and care services they use. The films highlight how human rights have been used in dementia care, mental health detention, advocacy, youth work and services for disabled people.   Featuring interviews with people whose rights have been affected, as well as charities and voluntary organisations that work with them, the films are a practical resource to help organisations providing services to embed human rights in their work.   The films are part of a new website that brings together materials and information for Continue Reading >

Carers Week 2015

Did you know its National Carers Week? You can find out more on the dedicated website here and find out more about carers and their rights, plus events going on throughout the week This year the theme is focusing on building Carer Friendly Communities: communities which support carers to look after their loved ones well, while recognising that they are individuals with needs of their own. Get involved on Twitter by using the #CarersWeek

SIAA Independent Advocacy, Supporting the SDS Journey

A few of our workers went along to the SIAA’s conference on how useful advocacy can be to help people through the Self Directed Support process. It was really interesting to hear some perspectives on SDS and how it is being rolled out across the country. Thanks to the SIAA for hosting this event!