CAPS Independent Advocacy provides independent individual advocacy to:
- people aged between 16-65 and resident in East Lothian or Midlothian, (whether in the community or in a hospital), who need support to have their voice heard due to mental health issues or drug or alcohol use;
- children and young people aged 5-18 who live in East Lothian or Midlothian and are being supported by the Children’s Hearings System.
- people aged 16-65 experiencing an eating disorder who live anywhere in Lothian; and people aged 16-65 who identify as LGBTQIA+ who live in Midlothian only.
CAPS provides independent collective advocacy to people with experience of mental health issues across Lothian.
Lothian collective advocacy groups include: Eating Disorders; Personality Disorder; Psychosis; Trauma; Oor Mad History; Arts as Advocacy and the Peer Forum. They also have two experience-led projects in Edinburgh only, one for people from ethnic minority backgrounds and one for LGBTQI+ people. They also provide collective advocacy to military veterans anywhere in Scotland.
• One to one and collective advocacy for people aged 18-65 with mental health issues.
• One to one advocacy for people aged 18-65 with drug or alcohol use.
• One to one advocacy for children and young people 5-18 who are being supported by the Children’s Hearings System.
• Collective advocacy to people with experience of mental health issues across Lothian.
• Collective advocacy to people with experience of all kinds of eating disorders, who live in Lothian.
• Collective Advocacy for People from Ethnic Minority Backgrounds in Edinburgh.
• Collective advocacy for LGBTQIA+ people in Edinburgh.