EARS Independent Advocacy Service (SCIO)
EARS advocates are independent because they are not employed by any social work department, health board or residential/nursing care home.
Independent Advocacy aims to help people have their voice heard and give them the support they need to speak up. Advocacy can give people control over situations in their lives, safeguard their rights, and provide the information to make important decisions.
Independent advocacy exists to:
- assist and support people to speak out/speak up for themselves – self-advocate
- ensure that a person’s voice is heard and listened to – advocate on your behalf
- provide opportunities for you to meet and self-advocate on common issues – collective/group advocacy
- assist you to achieve their your goals and/or to access the services you need or would benefit from
- provide the information you need to ensure that you can make informed choices and decisions
- assist you to gain control over your situations and lives
- protect your rights
In Midlothian, an EARS independent advocate can support you to speak up or represent your wishes if you are:
- an adult with a physical disability (or an Acquired Brain Injury), or
a stroke survivor
- an older person with mental health difficulties including dementia
- an older person who is in community care, hospital or residential care
EARS Advocacy Service provides conflict-free support. EARS also strives to raise awareness of the role of advocacy and the benefit advocacy can have in improving people’s outcomes/lives.
How To Get In Touch
Phone Number: 0131 478 8866
Location: EARS Advocacy Service, 525 Ferry Road, Edinburgh EH5 2FF
This service accepts direct self referrals.
Contact Info. & Service Address
EARS Advocacy Service
14 Ashley Place
-Monday - Friday 9:00am - 4:30pm-
Facilities & Access
This service has the following facilities:
- Public Parking
Off street parking available
- Wheelchair Access
- Information in community languages available on request
- Creche facilities are not available at this location.
Public Transport Information
Lothian Regional bus 11
Provider's Name: EARS Independent Advocacy Service (SCIO)
EARS Independent Advocacy Service (SCIO) has been providing advocacy to people in Edinburgh and the Lothians since 1999. Originally called as the Edinburgh Advocacy & Representation Service, it was funded to provide free, one to one independent advocacy for older people in Edinburgh and later in West, Mid and East Lothian. Over the years it has developed into a service that now provides independent advocacy to a range of people.