Independent Advocacy Services
Dumfries and Galloway Advocacy Service is commissioned by Dumfries and Galloway Council and NHS D&G to deliver services that are
- Independent and professional;
- Provide individual (one to one) advocacy that is issue focused;
- Meet statutory requirements and Scottish Government priorities; and
- Have as a key principle ‘Independence of mind, independence of place and independence of funding’.
We are commissioned to deliver the following services –
- Adult Generic Advocacy (over 18)
- Adult Advocacy in terms of the Mental Health (Care & Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003
The aim of the adult generic independent advocacy is:
- to promote empowerment of adult residents of Dumfries and Galloway who require help, in whatever context, to understand the options open to them, to enable them to make informed choices and/or to make their own views known.
The aim of the adult Mental Health Act independent advocacy is:
- as above, plus
- to provide independent advocacy to people with a mental disorder in accordance with the requirements of the Mental Health Act, enabling people to be empowered and their views heard.
- To provide access to an advocacy service for all people regardless of location, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, faith/religion, or social background.
- To match clients and advocates appropriate to each situation’s needs, seeking specialist support where indicated and ensuring clients’ comfort at all times.
- To support people who, because of incapacity or communication difficulties, may not be able to express their needs or views.
- To guide people towards self-advocacy and avoid creation of dependency.
- To help clients to access and understand information relevant to them and make appropriate choices or decisions which give them fuller control of their lives.
- To develop links with service providers, professionals and relevant support organisations to ensure clear understanding of the role of advocacy.
- To provide access to advocacy in line with the prevailing legislation and Scottish Government guidance.