Established in 2003, Advocacy Highland is a registered charity providing independent advocacy for individuals identified under The Mental Health Act throughout the Highlands. Our main office is in Inverness, but we have independent advocacy workers all over the Highland Council area.
We provide one-to-one, person-centred advocacy support to individuals aged 16 or over to help them speak up about specific issues.
We can only help people who reside in the Highland Council Area.
Our core funding is provided by NHS Highland and is to provide advocacy under the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003. We focus on the support of key priority groups; those with mental ill health, personality disorders, learning disabilities, dementia and those who are elderly.
People often seek out advocacy services when they are having difficulty with aspects like communication, a lack of understanding, if they feel they aren’t being listened to or respected, or if they simply don’t feel confident enough to speak up alone.
Our advocacy is independent, free and confidential. Our role is to support people to speak up for themselves to help them have a stronger voice and to have as much control as possible over their own lives. We help to ensure their voice is heard, their views are taken seriously, their rights are respected and upheld, and that they are involved in decisions that are being made about them.
Advocacy Highland may be able to help with many issues, for example:
- Compulsory measures under the Mental Health Act 2003
- Mental Health Tribunals
- Adult Support & Protection
- Support Issues
We are specifically funded to provide advocacy support to:-
- People over 16 with mental health issues.
- People over 16 with learning disabilities.
- Frail older people, including those with dementia.
From time to time we secure additional funding allowing us to provide an independent advocacy service for specific short-term projects in different areas across Highland.
Advocacy Highland are full members of the Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance and adheres to their principles and guidelines.
We are a registered charity with OSCR. Charity Number: SC035363
We are a Private Limited Company with Companies House. Company Number: SC265395