AdvoCard provides independent advocacy services for people in Edinburgh who have with issues regarding mental health, problematic substance use, social security & welfare reform, and prison. We are funded to be independent of other services provided by the statutory and voluntary sectors. This enables us to stand alongside the person we are working with and to support them with minimal conflict of interest arising.
We provide our advocacy services through trained volunteer advocacy workers and employed advocacy workers. All of our advocacy workers are led by what the person they are working with wants to express and will help them in the process of trying to achieve their desired outcome.
We value our independence and we strive to be service user led as an organisation. We have service users as members of our ruling body and encourage service users to train as volunteers.
We operate a flexible referral process. We encourage self referral as well as accepting referrals from others, such as professionals or friends and family. Currently (in light of Coronavirus/Covid-19), people who wish to use the service can call or email us.
AdvoCard is funded through service level agreements with City of Edinburgh Council’s Department of Health & Social Care, NHS Lothian, Scottish Government and Edinburgh Alcohol & Drug Partnership.