Dumfries and Galloway Advocacy Service
Who we are
Independent Advocacy is about empowering people who are involved in using or receiving services. We work within Dumfries & Galloway to express our client’s views, wishes and feelings. We are as free from conflict of interest as possible and work separately from other services; our actions are not influenced by the views of service providers.
We support adults with Mental Health issues, Learning Disability, Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Physical Disability, Older People, Families at Risk and much more.
All of our funding goes towards delivering our service across the region and ensuring that we reach the most vulnerable in our community.
At Dumfries and Galloway Advocacy Service, the core of our service is to defend your right to be heard. We believe that all people who are faced with vulnerability have the right to an advocate who can assist them in saying what they need to say when seeking access to advice or services.
Advocacy is a service that is here to listen to you and ensure you are listened to. We ensure your rights are protected and your decisions are respected. We make sure that you have all the information available to you in order to make your choice and we assist without a conflict of interest.
Our Service has been available in Dumfries and Galloway for 25 years and in that time, we have helped a wide range of people with different vulnerabilities and situations to ensure they were able to be heard. We’ve given our clients back their voice and we’ve helped to ensure their choices are indeed that, their own.
Advocacy is primarily about communication, resolution and helping you to be heard. Our service focuses on the most vulnerable person in the situation. But what do we mean by vulnerable?
- Some of us are vulnerable due to being in hospital.
- Some of us are vulnerable because of a physical or learning disability, or perhaps a sensory impairment.
- Some of us are vulnerable because something has happened to us, perhaps we have become ill, or a loved one has.
- Maybe you have become homeless, or cannot access a service.
- Perhaps your child has been placed on the Child Protection Register.
- Perhaps you feel vulnerable because of our age.
Our Independent Advocacy Service may also include situations such as:
- Mental Health Issues
- Older Person Issues
- Domestic Abuse
- Additional Support for Learning
- Physical Disability
- Adult Support & Learning
- Families at Risk
Regardless of the circumstances, if we cannot help in our service capacity, we will try and assist in finding the right support people need. We work with a wide range of organisations within the Third Sector and beyond.