About advocacy

What is independent advocacy?

Independent advocacy is a way to help people to have a stronger voice and to have as much control as possible over their own lives.

Independent advocacy organisations are separate from organisations that provide other types of service.

BIAS follows the Principles and Standards and Code of Practice produced and published by the Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance (SIAA).

What we can do

It can be hard to understand complex rules or get professionals to see your point of view. You may feel you are not getting the help you need or you may be worried that the services you are getting are not good enough.
You may end up feeling confused and that you have not been treated fairly.
BIAS will:

  • listen to you
  • help you to choose what is best for you
  • support you at important meetings
  • be on your side
  • safeguard your rights.

 

You still might not get the result you want, but we can make sure your wishes and concerns are heard.

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Was good to have someone to help me remember things at the meeting.

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I finally felt that someone was on my side.

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Advocacy enabled me to challenge my diagnosis.

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I feel more confident knowing I am able to question my care.

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I was able to participate in the process.

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