History

Early 1990’s
The idea of AdvoCard is conceived by service users and research and meetings are happening.

1993-1994
A steering group of service users forms. Negotiations with Edinburgh City Council around funding.

August – November 1994
Karen Anderson, Jane Rubens and Janette McDougall are in post.

December 1994
The first Management Committee Meeting takes place.

Spring 1995
The first training course for volunteers is held. Advocacy begins to be offered.

May 1996
AdvoCard moves from East Norton Place to Leith Walk to larger premises.

1996-1997

Malcolm Chisholm visits AdvoCard to learn more about what we do.

1997-1998
Our first MHSG evaluation involving a number of service users.

1999
Our first independent evaluation by consultants John Bonnar & Associates.

2000
AdvoCard given funding to move into South East sector of Edinburgh.

2001
AdvoCard given funding to develop the service City wide. Bryan Davies and Jean Crombie are in post. We move to new larger premises on Leith Walk.

2002
The official launch as city wide at the City Chambers with Malcolm Chisholm (MSP and Health Minister) as guest speaker.

2003
AdvoCard continues to develop as a city wide service including developing an outreach service.

2004
Negotiations begin to build capacity within AdvoCard to meet the demands of the new Act.

2005
AdvoCard has a new service based at Norton Park for individuals subject to the new Act. Jane Laidlaw, Devrim Turkay, Vincent Gill, Jackie McGinty, Jane Cairns and Marion Hadland are in post.

2005
AdvoCard celebrates 10 years of delivering advocacy in Edinburgh.

2007
AdvoCard improves the accessability and effectiveness of advocacy delivery by basing the Mental Health Act advocacy service alongside the volunteer delivered advocacy service at its Leith Walk office.

2008
AdvoCard begins the process of being assessed for an Investing in Volunteers award.

2009
AdvoCard is awarded the Investing in Volunters standard, recognising its commitment to a high standard of volunteer support and management.

2009
AdvoCard is successful in its bid to take over the management of the Individual Advocacy Service at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, and the Patients’ Council.

2010
Chris Mackie joins AdvoCard as Director.

2011
On 1 April, AdvoCard becomes a company limited by guarantee. The City of Edinburgh Council and NHS Lothian jointly tender all advocacy services in Edinburgh. AdvoCard is successful in securing the contract for advocacy for mental health service users and carers. Laëtitia Jan joins AdvoCard from CAPS as Development Worker for community collective advocacy. AdvoCard commences as ‘host agency’ for Edinburgh Carers Council.