Independent Advocacy (EARS Independent Advocacy Service SCIO)

Who is this for?

  • Older Adults (65+), Adults (16+) with a physical disability (or an acquired brain injury) and/or a stroke survivor

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 ensure that your voice is heard, and gives you the support you need to speak up for yourself. Advocacy can give you control over situations in your lives, safeguard your 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.

How do I access this?

  • Self-referrals
  • Referrals by third parties

Is there a cost?

Free

Is there a waiting list?

No

Location information

  • Private parking available
  • Public parking available
  • Wheelchair access

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

525 Ferry Road, Edinburg, EH5 2FF

Downloads


EARS General leaflet - update Nov 21
(270.05 KB pdf)


Types of support on offer:

Online
Support in person
Support on the phone
Support with others

Type of services on offer:

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

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