Updates

January 2018 Newsletter

Here is the January 2018 Newsletter/What’s On from Edinburgh Community Voices and AdvoCard:
We hope you find the Newsletter useful – it has lots of information about support group meetings and other events.  Please check that we have printed the correct information…and let us know 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 3 January 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 Service Improvement Group (2pm – 3.30pm)
and 
Cambridge Street Community Voices (3.30pm – 4.30pm)
will meet at Cambridge Street House on Wednesday 10 January 2018
Outlook Students – there is good news!  please see Page 2 of the attached Newsletter.
Wishing you the very best for 2018 and warm regards on a cold winter’s day
 
Patricia and Becky 

December 2017 Newsletter

Here is the December 2017 Newsletter/What’s On from Edinburgh Community Voices and AdvoCard:
We hope you find the Newsletter useful – it has lots of information about support group meetings and other events.  Please let us know 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 December
  • 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.
Redhall Trainees: Patricia will be at Redhall on Thursday 30 November and Thursday 14 December; please come along to discuss concerns about the changes to the service and how you are feeling about it all.  
Cambridge Street Community Voices will meet at Cambridge Street House on Wednesday 13 December from 2pm – 3.30pm
Warm regards
 
Patricia and Becky 

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.