EARS Independent Advocacy Service (SCIO) Services

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

Service Description

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 – self-advocate
  • ensure that a person’s voice is heard and listened to – advocate on your behalf
  • provide opportunities for you to meet and self-advocate on common issues – collective/group advocacy
  • assist you to achieve their your goals and/or to access the services you need or would benefit from
  • 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 your rights

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

  • an adult with a physical disability (or an Acquired Brain Injury), or a stroke survivor
  • an older person with mental health difficulties (including dementia)
  • an older person who is in community care, hospital or residential care

How To Get In Touch

Email: [email protected]
Phone Number 0131 478 8866
Website: www.ears-advocacy.org.uk
Address: EARS Advocacy Service, 525 Ferry Road, Edinburgh EH5 2FF

Service Categories


Intended Client Groups:

  • Older People

Applicants for this service should also meet this condition:

People aged 60 and over, or people of any age who have survived a stroke.


Self Referral

This service accepts direct self referrals.

Contact Info. & Provider's Address


14 Ashley Place

Office Hours

Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 4.30 pm

Service Hours

-Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 4.30 pm -

Provider Contact

Tel: 0131 478 8866
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.ears-advocacy.org.uk

Facilities & Access

This service has the following facilities:

  • Wheelchair Access
  • Creche facilities are not available at this location.

Provider's Name: EARS Independent Advocacy Service (SCIO)

Type: Charity/Voluntary

EARS Independent Advocacy Service (SCIO) is an independent advocacy service that has been providing advocacy to people in Edinburgh and the Lothians since 1999. EARS Independent Advocacy Service (SCIO) services provides the conflict-free support. EARS strives raise awareness of the role of advocacy and the benefit advocacy can have in improving people’s outcomes/lives

Services run by this provider

Provider Contact

Tel: 0131 478 8866
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.ears-advocacy.org.uk

Office Hours

Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 4.30 pm

Service Hours

Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 4.30 pm

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