Problematic Substance Use Service

AdvoCard are pleased to announce our new problematic substance use advocacy service. This service is for those people living in Edinburgh who have/had problematic substance use (PSU) issues. This new service is for those that are having difficulty having their voice heard, expressing their views and navigating services.

For more details, or to make a referral, you can give us a call on 0131 554 5307 or see here for more details. www.advocard.org.uk

August 2019 Newsletter

Here is the August 2019 Newsletter / What’s On from Edinburgh Community Voices and AdvoCard:

We hope you find the August 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 for the next edition.  

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.

The next Edinburgh Community Voices meeting will take place:

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

Edinburgh Community Voices meetings are usually on the first Wednesday of each month and are open to anyone with lived experience of mental health issues. 
If you have not been to an Edinburgh Community Voices meeting before and would like to come along you can call the AdvoCard office on 0131 554 5307 or email us at [email protected] to ask us about the meetings and what we do in collective advocacy.

There is a link to a collective advocacy Peer Research report in the Newsletter; it can be hard to access the links from the Newsletter itself due to formatting, so here is the link to that report if you want to read it:  http://www.advocard.org.uk/2019/07/experiences-of-treatment-and-support-for-physical-health-issues-peer-research-report

There are also links to a Welfare Reform Report in the August Newsletter; as we said before, it can be hard to access the links from the Newsletter itself due to formatting so here are the links to those documents if you want to read them: 
Executive summary: www.bit.ly/DBCexecsummary
Full report: www.bit.ly/DBC_report

Accessible report: http://bit.ly/DBCreportAccessible 
Large print: http://bit.ly/DBCreportLargePrint
We also thought that some of our Newsletter readers might find information on low-cost counselling services useful. If you want to find out more please click on the link: https://edspace.org.uk/information-and-advice/free-and-low-cost-counselling-in-edinburgh/

warm regards
Patricia and Becky

Mind Our Rights! A collective advocacy Mental Health Awareness Week event

on: Wednesday, 15 May 2019 from 13:00 to 16:30 (BST)
at: The Hive, Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Morningside Place,
Edinburgh

This year, Mental Health Awareness Week has a theme of Body Image – how we think and feel about our bodies.  


Edinburgh Community Voices, LEARN and REH Patients Council are hosting a collective advocacy event bringing in-patients, service users, survivors, people with lived experience and mental health health professionals together to discuss: how can people who experience poor mental health ensure that their rights are recognised, respected and realised in relation to their bodies and the processes of care, treatment and recovery.

You can find out more about the event and book a place via this Eventbrite link: 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mind-our-rights-mentalphysical-health-and-human-rights-connect-through-conversation-tickets-60404752240?aff=ebdssbdestsearch 

Places are limited so please book if you wish to attend | Sandwich lunch provided for all attendees at 1pm

Please share with your networks as appropriate


Thank you

Edinburgh Community Voices in collaboration with LEARN & REH Patients Council

AGM report

Thanks to all those who attended and participated in our recent AGM. We also said goodbye to our outgoing Chairperson, Dianna Manson. We thank you for all your hard work and dedication, and wish you all the best for the future.

Our AGM report – which was distributed at the meeting – is available here for download:

Our Strategy Document is also available here:

February 2019 Newsletter

Here is the February 2019 Newsletter / What’s On from Edinburgh Community Voices and AdvoCard:

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 for the next edition.  

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.

The next main Edinburgh Community Voices meeting will take place: 

  • on Wednesday 6 February 
  • between 2pm and 4pm
  • at AdvoCard
    332 Leith Walk, EH6 5BR 
  • free tea, coffee and biscuits and some good conversation
  • All welcome 

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.

warm regards
Patricia and Becky

January Newsletter

Hello and best wishes for the New Year!

Here is the January 2019 Newsletter / What’s On from Edinburgh Community Voices and AdvoCard:

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 for the next edition.  

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.

The next main Edinburgh Community Voicesmeeting will take place 

  • on Wednesday 9 January (as AdvoCard will be closed on Wednesday 2 January)  
  • between 2pm and 4pm
  • at AdvoCard
    332 Leith Walk, EH6 5BR 
  • free tea, coffee and biscuits and some good conversation
  • All welcome 

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.

warm regards
Patricia and Becky

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