Independent advocacy exists to:
- assist and support people to speak out/speak up for themselves – self-advocate
- ensure that a person’s voice is heard and listened to – advocate on your behalf
- provide opportunities for you to meet and self-advocate on common issues – collective/group advocacy
- assist you to achieve their goals and/or to access the services they need or would benefit from
- provide the information you need to ensure that they can make informed choices and decisions
- assist you to gain control over their situations and lives
- protect your rights
In West Lothian, an EARS independent advocate can support you to speak up or represent your wishes if you are
- an adult with a physical disability (or an Acquired Brain Injury), or
- a stroke survivor
- an older person with mental health difficulties (including dementia)
- an older person who is in community care, hospital or residential care
EARS Advocacy Service can enable you because it provides the conflict-free support you need – especially during those times when you feel you have no control or choice over the decisions being made for/about you or the options open to you.
EARS also strive to raise awareness of the role of advocacy and the benefit advocacy can have in improving people’s outcomes/lives.
For those using the service EARS will be ‘on your side and by your side‘.
Applicants for this service should also meet this condition:
This service is aimed at people with physical disabilities, people who are stroke survivors and people who are aged 60 or over and are in care or have a mental health difficulty. The service can be accessed on a self-referral basis.
Contact Info. & Service Address
EARS Advocacy Service
Provider's Name: EARS Advocacy
EARS is an independent advocacy service that has been providing advocacy to people in Edinburgh and the Lothians since 1999. Originally called as the Edinburgh Advocacy & Representation Service, it was funded to provide free, one to one independent advocacy for older people in Edinburgh and later in West, Mid and East Lothian. Over the years it has developed into a service that now provides independent advocacy to a range of people.