Dumfries & Galloway Health & Social Care

What is Advocacy?

An advocate is someone who can listen to you and help make sure your voice is heard in decisions about you and help you to understand your rights. 

Advocacy is about empowering people who are involved in using or receiving services. An Independent Advocate will express your views, wishes and feelings and they are trained support workers who are not connected to your treatment in any way. 

Local Advocacy Services

Dumfries & Galloway
Advocacy Service

This service delivers Professional One to One Advocacy and Collective Advocacy for adults aged 18 and over. They support adults in terms of the Mental Health (Care & Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 and adult residents who require help to understand the options open to them, to enable them to make informed choices and/or to make their own views known. 

For more information on what issues, they can help with go to their website at: http://www.dgadvocacy.co.uk  DG Advocacy Service 



Barnardo's Hear 4U Advocacy Service

Advocacy is provided for children and young people aged 5-26 who are care experienced and accommodated in residential, foster care, kinship and at home, on the child protection register, or have emotional well-being and mental health issues under the terms of the Mental Health (Care & Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003.

For more Information check out their website: Barnardo’s Hear4U Advocacy Service

You can look through their leaflet here: DumfriesGalloway_Leaflet_FEB 2023

If you would like to make a referral into the service: Barnardo’s Hear 4u Service Referral Form 

User and Care Involvement (UCI)

Offers group and individual advocacy for those with mental health difficulties. 

For more Information check out their website: Mental Health – User and Carer Involvement

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