Updates

Emergency Card

We are excited to tell you about the Emergency Card.

An Emergency Card can help you get across your needs and wishes to the nurses, doctors and other staff if you ever need to go to the Emergency Department (A&E).

On the card there is space for you to write three things that you would want staff to know and three things that matter to you about your care.

You can fill in the card by yourself or with help from somebody else.  It can be folded to credit card size so that it can fit in your wallet and be there if you need to use it.  

The Emergency Card was created for people with lived experience of mental health issues.  However, it doesn’t say anything about mental health on it, you don’t have to write anything about your mental health on it and anyone can use it.  

We have put together some guidance to help you decide if you would like to have an Emergency Card and to give you some ideas for things to include. You can download it by clicking on the link below.

If you would like an Emergency Card or have any questions, please contact Becky – [email protected], 0131 554 5307, AdvoCard, 332 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH6 5BR.  

We are working on a version of the card that you can print from home.  This will be released here on our website when it is ready. If you would like to be sent a copy be email, please contact Becky as above.

Background to the Emergency Card

In 2015 – 2016 AdvoCard Community Collective Advocacy ran a peer research project called A&E | All & Equal 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.

We developed the Emergency Card together with people with lived experience of mental health issues, the Emergency Department (A&E) at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and the Navigator Project.

May 2019 Newsletter/What’s On from AdvoCard and Edinburgh Community Voices

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

May looks like a very busy month with Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) taking place from Monday 13 May to Sunday 19 May 2019.  The theme for MHAW 2019 is body image

AdvoCard/Edinburgh Community Voices, LEARN and the Patients Council are co-hosting a consultation event on body image and human rights.  Called Mind Our Rights! this event is taking place at The Hive at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital on Wednesday 15 May between 1pm and 4.30pm.  You can find out more and book a place at the following link or by calling Becky at AdvoCard on 0131 554 5307 |

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

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

Also be on the look-out for some very colourful flyers on the static screens in libraries and GP surgeries across Edinburgh and the Lothians.  Your local library should also have relevant books and information available…and if they don’t, you could ask for any books and resources on mental health to be put out on display.  Find out more about Mental Health Awareness Week here: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week
…and the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival (SMHAF) taking place here in Edinburgh and across the country between Friday 03 and Sunday 26 May. The theme for SMHAF 2019 is connected; find out more about this year’s festival and local events here: https://www.mhfestival.com/ …  

We hope you find the May 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 Voicesmeeting will take place

  • on Wednesday 1 May
  • 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 and 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.

warm regards
Patricia and Becky

Recruitment – Operations Director

Operations Director

29 hours per week

Starting salary £33,756 (pro-rata)

AdvoCard is looking to recruit an Operations Director who will oversee AdvoCard’s individual and collective advocacy services.  The role will also involve deputising for the Managing Director, as well ensuring that staff and volunteers have the necessary tools available to provide a high quality independent advocacy service for people with mental health and substance misuse issues in Edinburgh.

Successful candidates will have experience of managing people and resources, in line with the principles of independent advocacy in Scotland.  You will have an awareness of the issues affecting people with mental health and substance misuse issues, via either a paid or unpaid role, or your own lived experience.

Closing date for applications:             12 noon on Friday 17 May 2019

Application pack:

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

April 2019 Newsletter

Here is the April 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 Edinburgh Community Voicesmeeting will take place

  • on Wednesday 10 April
  • 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 but we have had to change that for April.

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 us to ask us about what we do at the meetings.

warm regards
Patricia and Becky

March Newsletter

Here is the March 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 6 March
  • 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 an 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

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