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Independent Advocacy

Independent Advocacy provides people with the opportunity to be heard.  We are separate from other organisations and we do not make decisions for our clients.  Instead, we ensure they have all the relevant information and support they require in order to make their own informed choices.

Independent Advocacy gives people the chance to have a stronger voice and be heard.

We are 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’.

Dumfries and Galloway Advocacy Service supports adults aged 18 and over with:

  • 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.