EARS Independent Advocacy Service (SCIO)
EARS Independent Advocacy Service (SCIO) provides independent advocacy to people across the Lothians
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 (aged 16 and over) 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
- an adult who has a learning disability
- an adult on the Autism Spectrum including Aspergers.
The 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.
How To Get In Touch
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 Independent Advocacy Service (SCIO)
EARS Independent Advocacy Service (SCIO) has been providing advocacy to people in Edinburgh and the Lothians since 1999. Originally called the Edinburgh Advocacy & Representation Service, it was founded 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.