ANGUS Independent Advocacy (AIA), based at 60 High Street, Arbroath, held their annual general meeting on Monday.
AIA provides support to residents throughout Angus who have a learning disability, an acquired brain injury, a mental health issue, dementia, or have frailty in old age, using both paid and volunteer advocates.
Linda Bailey, manager of AIA, reported that it had been a challenging year in many ways with some changes in staff. She explained to those present that AIA was celebrating its 15th anniversary this year.
Those attending learned that some professionals may not always understand that a person could still need support to speak up for themselves – especially in formal meetings - despite apparently being capable of speaking up for themselves quite well.
She went on to say: “I believe independent advocacy can play an important part in safeguarding and empowering people at risk of harm or from getting a poor deal from the system, and may help to change services for the better.
“Angus Independent Advocacy provides one to one advocacy support that focuses on a person’s needs and an advocate’s role is to help someone to voice their own views and also help to safeguard their rights.”
For more information about Independent Advocacy or volunteering with AIA, contact Elizabeth Montgomery-Fox on 01241 434413 or email to: email@example.com
l Pictured holding the birthday cake at the AIA AGM in Bruce House on Monday were John Cuthbert, convener, and Linda Bailey, manager.