Independent Advocacy (EARS Independent Advocacy Service – SCIO)

Who is this for?

  • an adult with a physical disability
  • an adult with an acquired brain injury
  • a stroke survivor
  • an adult over 65 years of year
  • an adult with a learning disability

Who provides this?

  • EARS Independent Advocacy Service (SCIO)

Description

EARS Independent Advocacy Service (SCIO) provides independent advocacy to people across Edinburgh and the Lothians.

EARS advocates are independent because they are not employed by any social work department, health board or residential/nursing care home. Independent advocacy aims to help people ensure that their voice is heard, and give them the support they need to speak up for themselves. Advocacy can give people control over situations in their lives, safeguard their rights, and provide the information needed to make important decisions.

Independent advocacy exists to:

  • assist and support people to speak out/speak up for themselves
  • ensure that a person’s voice is heard and listened to
  • provide the information you need to ensure that you can make informed choices and decisions
  • assist you to gain control over your situations and lives
  • protect and safeguard your rights

Advocates work in each local community and in local hospitals and can support you to have your say when there are ongoing issues. For example, issues with care, benefits, housing, health etc.

In West Lothian, an EARS independent advocate can support you to speak up or represent your wishes if you are:

  • an adult with a physical disability
  • an adult with an acquired brain injury
  • a stroke survivor
  • an adult over 65 years of year
  • an adult with a learning disability

How do I access this?

  • Self-referrals
  • Referrals by third parties

Is there a cost?

Free

Is there a waiting list?

No

Location information

  • Public parking available
  • Private parking available

Opening times

Monday 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Tuesday9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Wednesday9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Thursday9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Friday9.00 am – 5.00 pm
SaturdayClosed
SundayClosed

Contact Details

28 Heatherbank, Livingston EH54 6EE

Type of support on offer:

Support in person
Support on the phone
Support with others

Categories:

Carers
Families
Housing, benefits, debt
Loneliness/isolated groups
Long term conditions/disabilities
Men
Older people
Women

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