Individual Advocacy for Carers (Edinburgh Carers Council)

Availability : Edinburgh Wide

Who is this for?

  • Unpaid carers who care for an adult aged 18 years old and over with mental health difficulties, a learning disability, autism, dementia, or acquired brain injury

Who provides this?

  • Edinburgh Carers Council


Edinburgh Carers Council provides a free, independent and confidential advocacy service for unpaid carers/family and relatives supporting someone who is in a hospital or who uses services in Edinburgh and who has dementia, an acquired brain injury, learning disability, or mental health difficulties.

Advocacy is about having somebody to help you be heard and represent your needs and views as effectively as possible. An advocacy worker is there to support you in your decisions and can lend weight to your views. They will support and work with you on specific issues and try to get them resolved. An advocacy worker is not there to judge or say if you are wrong or right; their role is to support you and only you.

For example, you may need:

  • help with finding ongoing support for yourself as a carer
  • assistance and support at meetings, mental health tribunals or reviews with medical staff and social care staff
  • help with letters and forms or with raising your issues
  • information about your rights
  • advocacy support in your role as a named person, appointee, power of attorney or welfare guardian,
  • support if the person you care for is going through a period of transition.

How do I access this?

  • Self-referrals
  • Service is appointment only
  • Referrals by third parties

Is there a cost?


Is there a waiting list?

Temporary waiting list of 2-4 weeks

Location information

  • Translation service available upon request
  • Wheelchair access available around the back of the building
  • Private parking available
  • Public parking available
  • Wheelchair access

Opening times

Monday 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Tuesday9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Wednesday9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Thursday9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Friday9.00 am – 5.00 pm

Contact Details

Great Michael House, 14 Links PlaceEdinburgh , EH6 7EZ

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Information and advice
Support on the phone

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