Help and support
When you speak with us, we will listen to you, and we can talk about your needs. We can find out what options are available to you and support you to contact the right person or organisation. Some of the organisations people try to get support from are:
- Community Mental Health Team
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS)
- Social Work
- Voluntary organisation
- Any other organisations or people
When you find it hard to tell others what is important to you, we can help by supporting you to get ready for your meetings and plan what you want to say. We could also support you at your meeting. People tell us having an advocate there can help make them feel more confident. Before and after your meeting we can help you to understand your rights. For example, your right to appeal a decision that you are not happy with.
Some of the meetings where we support people are:
- Children’s Hearings
- Adult Support and Protection
- Mental Health Tribunals
- School and College
- Social Work
- Any other types
If you need longer term advocacy support and want to be more included in the community, we might be able to match you to another local person (volunteer). We call this a Citizen Advocacy Partnership.
If you think we could help you. Please contact us.
Make a referral
If you would like to make a referral for yourself or someone else please select “Make a Referral”, enter details, and press submit the form. Alternatively you can contact us by phone or email.
Independent Advocacy Workers
Our Advocacy Workers can support you to understand your rights, options and support you to have your voice heard and be part of any decisions being made about you.
Our Development Workers spend time in local communities to meet and get to know people before finding and matching them with a Citizen Advocate.
We support people from the Angus area who need help to have their rights respected and voices heard. When we work with you, we call it an Advocacy Partnership.
A Citizen Advocate is a volunteer that gets to know you over time and supports you to speak up for yourself and help you be more involved in your local community
The importance of independence
It is important that you know we are here only for you. Other people and organisations do not influence the support that we give. As we are independent, you can be confident we are led by you.
‘I feel more confident to speak up as felt very intimidated before’
- Advocacy Partner
You can find out more about the difference advocacy can make from the real-life stories of Partners and Citizen Advocates (Volunteers).