Yearly Archives: 2014


SIAA Publication: Advocacy Map 2013/14

13 October 2014

The Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance has recently conducted its regular biennial quantitative research into funding and provision of advocacy in Scotland during 2013/14. Some of the key findings include; 27,000 people accessed independent advocacy, an increase of 8% over the

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Press Release: Advocacy Map

13 October 2014

Scottish advocacy organisations struggling to meet demand Scottish advocacy organisations express concern that increasingly limited resources mean they are unable to respond to the needs of vulnerable citizens.  “Advocacy helps to safeguard peoples’ rights and supports people to have control

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First SDS and Advocacy Training session held

27 June 2014

Yesterday SIAA held the first session of SDS Advocacy training. This session was the first of many to come throughout Scotland from September to November this year.   We would like to thank the attendees from Circles Inverclyde, Advocard, Your Voice,

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SIAA SDS team wants your stories.

9 May 2014

As part of SIAA’s Self-directed Support project, we are gathering stories from advocacy workers across Scotland. We are hoping to hear from advocates who have supported people through the Self-directed Support journey. If you, or someone in your organisation has been advocating for someone throughout their SDS journey, we would love to hear from you.

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Skydiving for Beginners

Jo McFarlane’s book launch takes place

28 April 2014

The launch of Jo McFarlane’s book, SkyDiving for Beginners: a journey of recovery and hope, took place on Wednesday 16th April, in the Rivers Suite at Craiglockhart. The event was a great success, with wonderful speeches by Dr Richard Holloway, Dr Allan Beveridge, Shaben Begum MBE and of course Jo herself, who read some moving and funny extracts from her book. Described by Simon Bradstreet (Director of the Scottish Recovery Network) as the “poet laureate of recovery”, Jo is a well-known speaker at seminars and conferences, performing her work to packed audiences, offering hope, inspiration and an insight into living well with mental ill health. Anyone interested in purchasing a copy of the book (£7), please contact SIAA.

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Launch of Self-directed Support Statutory Guidance

3 April 2014

On Tuesday 1st April Kellie King, our SDS and Advocacy project manager, attended the Scottish Government launch of Self Directed Support.  The launch coincided with the commencement of the SDS legislation which places duties on local authorities in Scotland to

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