Advocacy Services

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

The Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance (SIAA)

The SIAA is the national intermediary organisation supporting, promoting and defending independent advocacy across Scotland.

Independent advocacy supports people to navigate systems and acts as a catalyst for change in a situation. Independent advocacy can have a preventative role and stop situations from escalating, and it can help individuals and groups being supported to develop the skills, confidence and understanding to advocate for themselves.

Independent advocacy is especially important when individuals or groups are not heard, are vulnerable or are discriminated against. This can happen where support networks are limited or if there are barriers to communication. Independent advocacy also enables people to stay engaged with services that are struggling to meet their needs.

Next steps

You can search for an advocacy service in any area of Scotland by going to the Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance website:

or contacting them on:
Tel: (0131) 510 9410

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Last Updated
13 July 2022
First Published
02 May 2022
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