(AdvoCard Community Collective Advocacy)
We are aware that many people are facing extra challenges and difficulties just now with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the lockdown and everything else that is going on.
At a time like this, it is even more important than usual that the views of people in Edinburgh with lived experience of mental health issues are represented and heard when services and support are being planned.
We want to hear from you about:
- how you have been affected by the situation
- what you need – for you mental and physical health, and your wellbeing
- whether or not there are accessible services in place that meet your needs
We would also like to hear if there is anything happening now that you would like to see continue in the future.
And we would like to hear if you have any ideas for changes that could be made that would improve life for people with mental health issues in Edinburgh just now.
You can respond to our questions in a variety of ways.
- We have an online questionnaire which you can fill in: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/FUXJ16/
- You can download the questionnaire and return it by email to [email protected] or by post to Collective Advocacy, AdvoCard, 332 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH6 5BR. The Large Print file has size 16 font, making it more accessible for anyone with a visual impairment. It also has larger spaces for handwriting if you feel that you would need a larger space. (We’re not able to upload Word document versions of the questionnaires to the website just now, we hope to do so soon. Please email [email protected]rg.uk if you would like one sent to you.)
- You can ring us on 0131 554 5307 or email [email protected] and ask for a paper questionnaire to be posted to you.
- If you would need somebody to fill in the questionnaire for you, please contact us to let us know. We hope to be set up soon to help you with this over the phone. Or alternatively you could ask somebody else to help you with this. If you have any accessibility requirements not met in the methods outlined above, then please also get in touch. We’re all working from home, so we don’t have the same options we would normally have, but we will see what we can do! You can contact us on 0131 554 5307 or email [email protected]
Please return your completed questionnaire by Monday 22nd June.
As this is an ongoing situation, we plan to provide more opportunities for you to respond later in the year.
If you have any questions or would like to be kept updated about this work, please email [email protected] or ring 0131 554 5307 and ask for Becky. (Becky is working from home just now, but will ring you back.)
Please also get in touch if you would like to join the collective advocacy newsletter mailing list.
What will we do with what you tell us?
We will put together a summary of the responses and put this up on our website – www.advocard.org.uk. (At some point in the future we might create a website specifically for this project.).
We will also pass your views onto service planners and providers whenever we have the opportunity.
The Scottish Government Equalities and Human Rights Committee have launched an inquiry into the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on equalities and human rights – we will be submitting a response to this inquiry and will include your views in our response.
Everything that will be published will be anonymised – that means that nobody’s name and no personally identifiable information will be included. (We are not asking for names, and if anyone does give a name it will be treated as confidential information and not included.)