Advocates celebrate 20 years of work

Angus Independent Advocacy held a lunch at the Colliston Inn to celebrate their 20th year.
Angus Independent Advocacy held a lunch at the Colliston Inn to celebrate their 20th year.

An Angus group which supports people throughout the community in upholding their rights celebrated their 20th birthday last month.

Angus Independent Advocacy (AIA) marked its china anniversary at its annual general meeting, with an afternoon tea party held at The Colliston Inn.

Over 50 people attended the party including AIA’s board of directors, staff, advocacy partnerships and friends, reminiscing of years gone by.

Among the attendees were two former managers of AIA, Angela Woolridge and Linda Bailey.

Angela commented: “It was my privilege to be the first co-ordinator and heartening to see AIA grow and develop over the years.”

A spokesperson for AIA added: “At the annual general meeting we bid a fond farewell to Peter Donald, who stepped down from his role as Treasurer after eight years.

“We are really thankful for his support and guidance and his genuine care for the AIA staff and people we support.”

Independent Advocacy is a powerful tool in enabling people to speak up for themselves or to directly advocate on their behalf where necessary.

Another important function is to support the person to access information and explore options, this enables people to make informed decisions and choices.

AIA supports people who are at risk of being unable to safeguard their rights and who may have: a learning disability; mental ill health; an acquired brain injury; dementia; or are an older person.

For further information, please contact the office on 01241 434413.

Alternatively, you can email enquiries@angusindadvocacy.org or visit www.angusindadvocacy.org.