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Independent Consultation: GCHSCP Specialist Residential Support Service

We are carrying out an independent consultation on behalf of GCHSCP on their proposed specialist residential support service for adults with complex care needs.

We want to hear the views of those with an interest in services for people with complex care needs in Glasgow, including service users, family members and carers. We would also like to hear the views of people with experience in supporting adults with complex needs.

Share your views here.

The survey closes on 28th July 2019.


Professional Practice Award

The pilot for our Professional Practice Award has ended and been evaluated. An Executive Summary of the evaluation can be read here. Thanks to all those who took part in the pilot.

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 People and The State, whilst Co-ordinators Olivia Fitton and Ann Lafferty discussed What Works Best and Who is Best to deliver independent advocacy.

Team Leader, Antoinette Quinn, led the final session of the day with a lively game of ‘Advocacy is… Advocacy isn’t…’ which was designed to test their knowledge on the role of advocacy. The results were tight as each group had grasped the concept of advocacy well but one group pipped the rest to the post for the, much coveted, prize of the bottle of Whisky.

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.

The drug Cialis Generic does not require restrictions, such as quitting smoking, caffeine, alcohol. No special diet required.

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

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

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