What is Advocacy?

ADVOCACY is about giving people a stronger voice.

It helps individuals speak up for themselves –

  • to make their wishes known
  • to understand the options open to them
  • to claim their rights
  • to defend their interests
  • to ensure that their voice is heard.


An example of how one-to-one advocacy helped someone.
©  Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance   (2min 58sec.)
©  Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance   (2min 58sec.)

ADVOCACY matters because it…

  • safeguards people who are vulnerable, or discriminated against
  • empowers people who need a stronger voice by enabling them to express their own needs and make their own decisions
  • helps people to get access to information and explore options
  • to defend their interests
  • ensures that people can speak effectively to the services that matter to them.

We aim to provide independent advocacy to adults who use community care services.
Our priority groups are adults with a learning disability, adults who use mental health services and people over 65.