At Dumfries & Galloway Advocacy Service, we have an experienced team of Advocates who are on hand to provide support to our clients. Our team is made up of staff members, volunteers and Board Members and we work together to run Dumfries & Galloway Advocacy Service.
I started with the organisation in 2003 as a volunteer and then successfully applied for the post of Generic Advocacy Co-ordinator in 2005, this was a role which supported our volunteers as well as working with clients who had issues with social services, education, GP’s, hospital etc. I then went on to be promoted to Deputy Manager in 2010 and Chief Executive in 2011.
As Chief Executive, I have day to day responsibility for the provision of services and development of strategic financial and operational development. I am also responsible for staff and volunteers.
As well as the above role, I also act as Company Secretary for the organisation, which is a non-voting role, and I am responsible for ensuring that proper governance and Board procedure is followed, including the registration of Companies House and OSCR matters, the preparation of accounts and reports and assisting the Board with its own strategic development.
I joined Dumfries and Galloway Advocacy Service in the role of Service Manager in April 2021. I am based in our Dumfries office and will cover the whole of the region.
I am passionate about inclusion, equality, and the right to be heard, and very much look forward to supporting the Dumfries and Galloway Advocacy Service team to facilitate and maximise the availability and delivery of independent, free, and confidential advocacy to our clients throughout Dumfries and Galloway.
I started working with Dumfries and Galloway Advocacy Service in January 2013. I am an Independent Advocate based in Newton Stewart and I cover the West of the Region from Stranraer to Castle Douglas.
I support clients with varying issues and ensure that their rights are protected, and their voices are heard.
I came to Advocacy relatively late in life, but the role of Independent Advocate gives me by far the most job satisfaction of any in my career.
I started work with Dumfries and Galloway Advocacy Service in July 2016. I am an Independent Advocate based in the Dumfries office. The area that I cover includes Dumfries, Annandale and Eskdale, Nithsdale and parts of the Stewartry.
My role is to help and support people to have their voice heard when they are dealing with agencies such as Social Work, NHS, Housing etc. I help people communicate with these agencies, support them at meetings, and explain the procedures and outcomes so that they understand what is going on. Some of the meetings that I attend include Adult Support and Protection, Children in Need, Children’s Hearings, Care Plan Reviews and GP appointments.
I enjoy helping and supporting people at meetings to make sure that their rights are protected, and their voice is heard.
I started working with Dumfries and Galloway Advocacy Service in July 2018 based in the Dumfries office. I support clients with a wide variety of issues, empowering and assisting them to ensure their views are heard. I applied for the post as I wanted a job which involved helping the community and was interesting.
I find the role rewarding and enjoy assisting clients with the wide variety of issues in our remit.
I started working with Dumfries and Galloway Advocacy Service in April 2019. I am an Independent Advocate based in the Dumfries office. I cover Dumfries, Nithsdale, Annandale and Eskdale and parts of the Stewartry. I deal with agencies such as the NHS, Dumfries and Galloway Council and Social Work.
I support clients with a wide variety of issues, empowering and assisting them to ensure their views are heard. I applied for the post to allow me to work with, and assist people in the community to have a voice and live a better life.
I enjoy helping people achieve satisfactory outcomes.
I started working with Dumfries and Galloway Advocacy Service in February 2020.
I am an Independent Advocate, covering the West of the Region from Stranraer to Castle Douglas. I am based in Newton Stewart.
I have lived and worked in the community for over 30 years and look forward to helping and supporting people to have their voice heard and opinions listened to.
I enjoy helping and supporting others and assisting those in my local community.
I joined Dumfries and Galloway Advocacy Service in September 2017 and carry out administrative work within the Dumfries office, this includes answering the telephone, responding to emails, taking referrals and keeping the systems up to date.
We would like to welcome John Ross CBE, as our Patron. John is was the Lord Lieutenant of Wigtown and Chairs the Board of Transforming Health and Social Care for Wigtownshire.
He was previously Chairman of NHS Dumfries and Galloway and during that time was also involved in changing the way people in Scottish prisons health is delivered. He has had experience in farming politics and financial services organisations.
He still lives on the farm near Portpatrick and is involved in the farm business.
We also have several Advocates who give their time freely to support clients.
Chair – David McMillan
Treasurer – Val Campbell
Other Directors – David Crawford, Gary Lockhart, Audrey Ritchie, Tom McCulloch
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