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Meet Our Team

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.

Pamela Deans – Chief Executive

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.

Dawn Prisic – Assistant to the Chief Executive & Mental Health Advocate

I have worked for Dumfries and Galloway Advocacy Service since January 2013.  Since then, my roles within the organisation have varied, which has been a fantastic opportunity for my own professional development.

On 1st April 2018, I took up the role of Assistant to the Chief Executive.  This role involves providing strategic, operational and administrative support to the CEO including delivering Advocacy Awareness and Training sessions.  I also support our volunteer Advocates in the East of the Region, this involves generally making sure that the volunteer Advocates are well supported within their role and allocating new referrals for this area and matching them to the most appropriate Advocate.  My role includes Mental Health Advocate, this role is a statutory part of Advocacy.  I support people who may be detained in hospital or living in the community who come under the Mental Health (Care & Treatment)(Scotland) Act 2003.  I also support clients with Adult Support and Protection, Children’s Panels (if they are a parent/carer), and general review meetings.  The list goes on...

I absolutely love what I do.  Every day is different.  My favourite part of working with a client is when I have worked with someone, and I can actually see their confidence grow.  That really is so rewarding.

Andrea McKie – Service Co-ordinator & Independent Advocate

I started training to become a volunteer advocate in November 2008.  I was a Volunteer Advocate for three years and then took up position as Independent Advocate in the West of the region.  In 2016 I was promoted to Service Co-ordinator and I continue to provide Independent Advocacy in the west of the region.

My role entails empowering people to share their views and opinions at meetings or to speak on their behalf if they are unable to at Children’s Hearing, Adult Support and Protection Case Conference, Education meetings, Mental Health Tribunal, to name a few. I help people to understand what is happening in their life when a person is applying to become their Legal Guardian, so that their views on the powers can be heard or explain the process of child protection, Adult Support and Protection.  I am protecting people’s rights under a variety of Acts including the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003, Adults With Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 and the Human Rights Act 1998 and Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 to name a few.

I support our volunteers so that they are able to carry out their role confidently by delivering training to become an advocate, providing supervision on a one to one basis, holding regular meetings to discuss ongoing cases with their peers, holding regular meetings where other organisations are invited to deliver awareness sessions so we are keeping up to date on what other services are offering throughout Dumfries and Galloway.

I enjoy supporting people to understand their situation and so become empowered and in control of their life and able to speak for their self. I also enjoy writing material to improve our training and to assist people in understanding our role, through for example, easy read material.

Frank Grant – Independent Advocate

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.

David Coull - Independent Advocate

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.

 

Mike Jardine - Independent Advocate

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.

 

 

Iain McKie - Independent Advocate

I started working with Dumfries and Galloway Advocacy Service in July 2018. I am an Independent Advocate based in the Dumfries office. I cover Dumfries, Nithsdale, Annandale and Eskdale and parts of the Stewartry.

My role involves working with people and supporting them in their dealings with agencies such as Social Work, NHS, Housing etc. I ensure their thoughts and opinions are being heard and considered and empower them wherever possible to make their own decisions.

I enjoy helping others to resolve their issues and making sure that their rights being upheld. 

 

 

Volunteer Advocates

We also have several Advocates who give their time freely to support clients - Amber, Anne, Emma, Jeanette, Jerry, Kirsten, Margot, Michaela, Peter, Susan.   

Board Members

Chair – David McMillan

Treasurer – Val Campbell

Other Directors – Roger Adams, David Crawford, Gary Lockhart, Audrey Ritchie