SIAA facilitates many training events, roundtables, and information sharing sessions specifically intended for independent advocacy organisations. These events are member-only and designed to provide you with new skills, build organisational capacity and provide an opportunity for you to share your views on key policy topics relevant to human rights and independent advocacy.

SIAA also run regular online peer support sessions. The peer support sessions are informal opportunities for you to meet colleagues from across the sector, share ideas and provide mutual support. We run sessions for managers and sessions for staff once a month.

Find out more about upcoming events and peer support sessions, and sign up below!

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Peer support: Learning disability & autism

Online

We're excited to announce that peer supports are back! This Zoom session is a chance to connect, share knowledge, and exchange experiences with colleagues throughout Scotland. It's intended for for individual and collective advocates, managers, and any worker at SIAA member organisation that supports partners with learning disabilities and/or autism. In the beginning of the…

Peer support: Citizen advocacy

Online

This Zoom session is a chance to connect, share knowledge, and exchange experiences with colleagues facing similar challenges. It's intended for advocates (also volunteers!), managers, and any worker at SIAA member organisation that provide citizen advocacy. In the beginning of the first session, we'll collaboratively decide on the frequency and timing of future meetings to…

Peer Support for Advocacy Leaders (Funding & Procurement)

Online

We're excited to invite you to the Peer Support for Advocacy Leaders sessions - a revamped approach to support Independent Advocacy Leaders in their unique challenges. What's new? These session welcome everyone in a leadership role within our member organizations (regardless of their job title), fostering a space to share and receive valuable support from…

Peer Support: Collective Advocacy

Online

We're excited to announce that peer supports are back! This Zoom session is a chance to connect, share knowledge, and exchange experiences with colleagues facing similar challenges. It's intended for all independent advocates, managers, and any worker at SIAA member organisation that is involved in collective advocacy. In the beginning of the first session, we'll…

Peer Support: Children, young people, families

Online

We're excited to announce that peer supports are back! This Zoom session is a chance to connect, share knowledge, and exchange experiences with colleagues facing similar challenges. It's intended for all independent advocates, managers, and any worker at SIAA member organisation that supports children, young people and/or families in their practice. In the beginning of…

Peer Support: Mental Health

Online

We're excited to announce that peer supports are back! This Zoom session is a chance to connect, share knowledge, and exchange experiences with colleagues facing similar challenges. It's intended for all individual and collective advocates, managers, and any worker at SIAA member organisation that supports advocacy partners with mental ill health. In the beginning of…

Peer support: Open to everyone

Online

This Zoom session is a chance to connect, share knowledge, and exchange experiences with colleagues facing similar challenges. It's intended for all individual and collective advocates, administration & support staff, managers, chief executives, and any other worker at SIAA member organisation. If you're reading this, you're invited! This is a recurring meeting that will take…

Peer Support: Prisons, forensic settings, criminal justice

Online

We're excited to announce that peer supports are back! This Zoom session is a chance to connect, share knowledge, and exchange experiences with colleagues facing similar challenges. It's intended for all independent advocates, managers, and any worker at SIAA member organisation that supports advocacy partners in prisons, forensic settings and/or criminal justice system. In the…

Peer Support for Advocacy Leaders (Leadership Wellbeing)

Online

We're excited to invite you to the Peer Support for Advocacy Leaders sessions - a revamped approach to support independent Advocacy Leaders in their unique challenges. What's new? These session welcome everyone in a leadership role within our member organizations (regardless of their job title), fostering a space to share and receive valuable support from…

I’ve found the Managers Peer to Peer support sessions invaluable; it feels supportive and safe and as a relatively new CEO it really has helped build my confidence as well as relationships with peers. Thank you.

SIAA member, 2022

I have enjoyed the SIAA training events I have attended and I have been able to attend more than I would have in the past due to courses being on zoom etc.

SIAA member, 2022

I found it really helpful to be connected to a larger group and to hear the variety of perspectives from others as we all face the impact of the coronavirus on our organisations, people, clients and key stakeholders.

SIAA member, 2020

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