November Newsletter

AdvoCard Newsletter Nov 2018

Here is the November 2018 Newsletter / What’s On from Edinburgh Community Voices and AdvoCard.

This month, on Page 2, you can read about our peer research looking at physical health care for people with current or lived experience of mental health issues…and side effects of psychiatric medications and how to contribute to this work.

We hope you find the Newsletter useful – it has updates on the AdvoCard Collective Advocacy projects and lots of information about support group meetings and other events in Edinburgh. If we have included information about your project or event, please check that we have printed the correct information…and let us know if we need to change anything.

Please get in touch if there is anything you would like us to include on a regular basis or if you would like to write something for a future edition.

Standards for Independent Advocacy in Social Security

We were very pleased that the “right to independent advocacy” was included in the new Scottish Social Security System.  If you have used our Welfare Reform advocacy service (via Arlene or Devrim), you may wish to help shape the standards which will be written for advocacy in the new System.  The Scottish Government is holding a series of focus group meetings.  You can read more about these and book places by following the following link:

https://beta.gov.scot/publications/independent-advocacy-standards-focus-group-meetings/

A&E | All & Equal – Focus Group – We Need Your Views!

Thursday 19th July, 2 -4 pm, AdvoCard, 332 Leith Walk

In 2015 – 2016 we ran a peer research project where we heard from people with lived experience of mental health issues about experiences they had had at the Emergency Departments at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh (RIE) and St John’s Hospital, Livingston.

One of the issues that came up was that when you’re in distress or are feeling anxious, it can be difficult to communicate with the staff in the Emergency Department, for instance if you have any wishes, needs or other information that you want staff to listen to and take into account.

Together with the Emergency Department at RIE and the Navigator Project, we are developing a discreet card which you could keep in your wallet and fill in with things that you would want to get across to staff if you found yourself needing to go to the Emergency Department, to help you speak up, express your needs and wishes and be heard.  You could hand it to the staff at the Emergency Department to read, or you could have it to look at it before you speak to staff so that you feel more confident.

We are holding a focus group meeting to get your views on the card and what it looks like – Thursday 19th July, 2 – 4pm at AdvoCard, 332 Leith Walk.  This meeting is open to anyone who has lived experience of mental health issues.

If you’d like to attend, please contact Becky – [email protected], 0131 554 5307.

If you have any questions, or would like a copy of the A&E | All & Equal report, please contact Becky as above.

February 2018 Newsletter

Here is the February 2018 Newsletter/What’s On from Edinburgh Community Voices and AdvoCard:

2018 02 AdvoCard Newsletter

We hope you find the Newsletter useful – it has lots of information about support group meetings and other events in Edinburgh.  If we have included information about your project or event, please check that we have printed the correct information…and let us know if we need to change anything.  You can also get in touch if there is anything you would like us to include on a regular basis or if you would like to write something for a future edition.

The next main Edinburgh Community Voices meeting will take place

  • on Wednesday 7 February 2018
  • between 2pm and 4pm
  • at AdvoCard
  • 332 Leith Walk, EH6 5BR
  • free tea, coffee and biscuits and some good conversation

All welcome including Outlook Students and Redhall Trainees.
Edinburgh Community Voices meetings are open to anyone with lived experience of mental health issues.  If you have not been to and Edinburgh Community Voices meeting before and would like to come along you can call or email to ask us about what we do at the meetings.

The next Cambridge Street Community Voices meeting will be on Wednesday 14 February between 2.00pm and 3.30pm at Cambridge Street House

Outlook Students – more news on the new Outlook Guidance Points;  please see Page 2 of the attached Newsletter.

Patricia and Becky

The 2nd Wellbeing PSP Newsletter

Here is the second newsletter from the Edinburgh Wellbeing Services Public Social Partnership (PSP):

201709 Newsletter 2nd Edition

This will be a monthly update, to provide the latest news from across the PSP and partnerships.

Please feel free to comment or provide any feedback to Cat Young at NHS Lothian.

In case you missed it, here is the first one:

Newsletter – 1st Edition

Get a Grip on PIP

AdvoCard is a member of the Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC).  The DBC has just published a report about problems with Personal Independence Payments (PIP).  The DBC said:

“The organisations that make up the Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC) warn that although PIP is a lifeline for disabled people when they can access it, the findings provide clear evidence that in too many cases, the assessment process is failing people at every turn and having a devastating impact on their health.”

Supporting those who need it most – executive summary

Supporting those who need it most – full report

There is a full blog post about the DBC’s report here:

Failing benefits system leads to ill-health and isolation for disabled people

We are also supporting the campaign, “Ask the government to get a grip on PIP”.  More info is here:

Get a grip on PIP

Third Party Reporting of Hate Crime

In some cases victims and witnesses of Hate Crime do not feel comfortable reporting the matter directly to the Police and may be more comfortable reporting it to someone they are familiar with.

AdvoCard is pleased to announce that its Leith Walk office is now a 3rd Party Reporting Centre for Hate Crime.  Staff have recently received training from Police Scotland in order to assist victims and witnesses to submit reports of Hate Crime to the Police.

You can find out more about 3rd Party Reporting on the Police Scotland website.

On that site, you can also find a list of other 3rd Party Reporting Centres.