What is independent advocacy?
It can be difficult to understand complex rules, or hard to get professionals to see your point of view. You may feel you are not getting the help you need or you may have concerns that the services you are getting are not good enough. You may end up feeling confused and that you have not been treated fairly.
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).
Was good to have someone to help me remember things at the meeting.
I finally felt that someone was on my side.
Advocacy enabled me to challenge my diagnosis.
I feel more confident knowing I am able to question my care.
I was able to participate in the process.