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Independent advocacy is a service to help people have a stronger voice and have as much control as possible over their own lives. The service is independent of organisations which provide other types of services, and the focus is on the individual’s needs, hopes, and goals.
An independent advocate will not make decisions on behalf of the person they are supporting; instead helping the person to get the information they need to make choices about their circumstances while supporting the person to put their choices across to others.
We are now offering a high quality, person centred, non judgemental approach to help prevent offending and support those within the criminal justice system or leaving prison. Some of these people may have long standing mental illness, learning difficulties, and /or find it difficult to engage with authority / services.
We can help by listening, assist with exploring options, communicating with services, attending meetings, breaking down barriers and much more.
This can have a positive effect on stopping habitual re-offending whilst empowering people to improve their lifestyle.
Our service is free and confidential. If you think you may benefit from this service, or you know someone who would, please contact us.
Advocacy Shetland offers independent advocacy to people across Shetland who are facing a wide range of issues. The follow list gives an indication of the groups of people that we will always consider for support.
Don't worry if you feel that you do not really fit any of these categories, we assess each case on its' own circumstances so please get in touch if you think you need help.
Where we feel that there are other organisations better suited to assist you with your circumstances we will, with your permission, make a referral to those who can help.
Advocacy Shetland can assist you in a wide range of areas. The following list is a summary of the main areas in which we offer independent advocacy:
Advocacy Shetland will now be closed from 24th December until Monday 6th January. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy new year.