Peer Advocacy

Recovery Advocacy Project (RAP)

Over the last few months, LAAS have been working closely and in collaboration with Scottish Recovery Consortium, our Argyll and Bute ADP and REACH Advocacy Scotland and have made significant developments in establishing advocacy provisions for people in Argyll and Bute who are seeking assistance with recovery.

We recruited three volunteers across Argyll & Bute and we are delighted to announce that Jane, Sharon and Jamie have successfully completed a SQA in a Rights Based Approach to Independent Advocacy. These Lived Experience Volunteer Advocates can support and empower people across our communities in knowing their righ

ts, respect and recovery is key to supporting people to access services and be successful in their journeys.

Logo of Logo of Argyll & Bute ADP, logo for Bank of Scotland Foundation. Logo for RAP with connections

Next steps:

Following on from recruiting our Peer Advocate volunteers, we have successfully secured funding to provide a project in the Helensburgh and Isle of Bute areas to assist and support people seeking recovery to be supported, valued, respected and heard in their recovery journeys.

Two of our Peer Advocacy volunteers, who are  familiar with the Rights, Respect and Recovery strategy of the Scottish Government, Jamie and Jane, have taken up posts in Bute and Helensburgh.

We welcome them to the team, its great to have them on board.

Head and body photo of Jamie. Standing next to the loch in Arrochar. Cloudy day. He is wearing a grey hat

Jamie Campbell – Isle of Bute

Jane Methven – Helensburgh

We have recently recruited a Peer Advocacy Worker in the Kintyre area. Chelsea Willis is our new Peer Advocacy Worker and we welcome her to the team.

Chelsea Willis  – Kintyre

Contact details for Peer Advocates:

Jane Methven: jane.methven@laas.org.uk 07920 027411 

Jamie Campbell: jamie.campbell@laas.org.uk 07736 872791

Chelsea Willis: chelsea.willis@laas.org.uk 07553 891035

Group RAP:

We are looking to start a new group that will be innovative in learning how we can work together to support people who are seeking help with recovery from drug or alcohol issues.

We will host virtual monthly meetings – moving to face to face meetings when appropriate to do so – bringing together people from across the Argyll area that are eager to shape changes and help explore how we can support more people to be successful in their recovery journeys.

  • Have you lived experience of alcohol or drug problems?
  • Are you passionate about people and the community in which you live?
  • Would you like to share your knowledge to assist and help others?
  • Would you like to support changes to address discrimination and help ensure people are treated fairly and equitably?
  • Are you supporting people with addiction issues to improve their lives through community groups?

If you think you could support our service to grow, develop and enable people seeking recovery to be more successful then please do get in touch. Ailsa McCrae our Team Leader in Argyll will welcome hearing from you and discussing the project ideas further.

Our first meeting will be on the 24th February at 1pm and we look forward to seeing you there. Contact Ailsa for more information and the Zoom link.