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If you shop with Amazon you can donate to our service while you shop at no additional cost to you. If you use the link below, Amazon donates 0.5% of your purchase to our service. Shop on AmazonSmile at https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/SC036075 AmazonSmile is also available in the Amazon Shopping. App 1. Open the Amazon Shopping app […]

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INDEPENDENT ADVOCACY

Independent Advocacy is about empowering people who are involved in using or receiving services. We work within Dumfries & Galloway to express our client’s views, wishes and feelings. An Independent Advocate will protect their clients rights and ensure they are treated with respect and dignity. Dumfries and Galloway Advocacy Service will help a client understand […]

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Benefit Advice if you are over 60

Don’t Miss out – They are still there to help during this difficult time. If you have any health issues the Council have a team who can help you make a claim for any entitlement you may have to disability benefits such as Personal Independence Payments, or Attendance Allowance. This could give you extra money […]

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Office Closed – Remote Working

Due to the updated information from the UK and Scottish Government in relation to Covid-19, our office is no longer manned and will remain closed until further notice. Calls are being forwarded from our usual number (01387 247237) to Duty Advocates. There will be times when your call may be picked up by our answering […]

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Covid-19 D&G Advocacy Update

In order to safeguard and protect our staff, volunteers and clients and the wider public in relation to Covid-19, we have closed our office to the public and cancelled all drop-ins. We are all still working and accepting referrals. We will support our clients via phone, text, email, video, and we can support people face […]

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Craig’s Story Part 4 (told by his brother Stewart)

Comfort Zone It’s been 5 months since Craig passed away and something that I always promised myself and him is that I would advocate for change to a poorly run system. The NHS has been failing those that it was intended to serve and it’s time for change to ensure the most vulnerable are getting […]

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A message from our Patron

I was honoured to accept the position of Patron of Dumfries and Galloway Advocacy Service. I am now much more aware of the vital role that staff, volunteers and the Board play in ensuring those in our community who need assistance continue to have access to vital support – well done! Enjoy a happy and […]

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Craig’s Story (Part 3) (told by his brother Stewart)

Trying to advocate for change At this time, I’m still not exactly sure what happened to Craig. Families of loved ones who have died of suspected overdoses are now waiting up to 6 months for toxicology results to be returned; this wait is agony. However, based on witnesses that were with Craig the night/morning he passed […]

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Craig’s Story (Part 2) (told by his brother Stewart)

Craig: The Later Years When Craig reached his 30s he was often in trouble with the law and spent several short stints in jail for misdemeanors. Over the years there has been ample evidence-based research to show that the criminal system is not the right place for people suffering from addiction and this was very evident […]

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Craig’s Story (told by his brother Stewart)

The Early Years Based on patterns over the last few years this day was likely inevitable, but I kept telling myself that things would change and that Craig would find the help that he desperately needed. On July 23rd, 2019 I woke up to several missed calls from Scotland, which in itself is quite uncommon. […]

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