Mental Health Community Collective Advocacy

by AdvoCard

AdvoCard provides independent collective advocacy in the community for people with lived experience of mental health issues.

What do we do in Edinburgh?

* Organise and facilitate service user meetings, support service users or get their views heard at strategic meetings.
* Work with service user groups such as Community Voices and SEASONS.
* Inform people of changes, new policies and consultations. Make policy, strategic documents and information accessible to service user groups and assist them to get involved in consultation.
* Help people to understand what the effects of mental health policy and planning are for them
* Help to create new campaigning groups and offer existing ones support to campaign, have a say and identify gaps in services
* Build effective partnerships between service users and professionals.
* Run issue-based and user-led research projects to gather views and experiences. Write reports and lobby at local and government level.
* Build effective partnerships between service users and professionals.

AdvoCard facilitates a collective advocacy group, Community Voices, which normally meets on the first Wednesday of the month. For details of the time and venue, please contact There is no set agenda. People decide what issues they want to discuss.

AdvoCard produces a monthly newsletter with information on the latest developments, campaigns, consultations and events going on in Edinburgh. To subscribe, please contact us.

Last updated 10/02/2021

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Contact information

 0131 554 5307
This service is under the category: Conditions , Rights & Representation , Discrimination & Human Rights , Independent Advocacy , Mental Health Issues

Delivered across
  • · City of Edinburgh (Local Authority)
  • · Edinburgh (Integration Authority (HSCP))

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