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Independent advocacy standards: focus group meetings

Information and registration form for independent advocacy focus group meetings across Scotland between 30 October - 22 November 2018.
Published:
5 Oct 2018
Independent advocacy standards: focus group meetings

The Social Security (Scotland) Act requires us to make advocacy support available to people with a disability who need help with the Scottish social security system. We must also set out independent standards for services providing this social security advocacy support.

Advocates help people make their own views known and to be able to contribute to decisions affecting themselves. Advocacy is not the general provision of information and advice on e.g. eligibility for support.

Given the importance of the advocacy provision we wish to ensure that the standards best meet the needs of those who would offer and use advocacy. To allow us to do this we have arranged a number of meetings across Scotland so that we may hear from service users and providers:

Focus groups for advocacy service users

Area

Date of meeting

Starting

Ending

Closing date for request to attend

Glasgow

30 Oct

10:30

13:00

16 Oct

Edinburgh

01 Nov

10:30

13:00

18 Oct

Aberdeen

08 Nov

10:30

13:00

25 Oct

Inverness

14 Nov

10:30

13:00

31 Oct

Dumfries

22 Nov

10:30

13:00

08 Nov

Focus groups for advocacy service providers

Area Date of meeting Starting Ending

Closing date for request to attend

Glasgow

30 Oct

14:00

16:30

16 Oct

Edinburgh

01 Nov

14:00

16:30

18 Oct

Glasgow

06 Nov

14:00

16:30

23 Oct

Aberdeen

08 Nov

14:00

16:30

25 Oct

Inverness

14 Nov

14:00

16:30

31 Oct

Edinburgh

20 Nov

14:00

16:30

06 Nov

Dumfries

22 Nov

14:00

16:30

08 Nov

Should you be interested in working with us to develop the standards, please complete the meeting request form below and return it to us by: 

  • email at socialsecurityadvocacy@gov.scot
  • sending it to us at Social Security Advocacy, Act Implementation Team, 5th Floor, 5 Atlantic Quay, 150 Broomielaw, Glasgow G2 8LU  
  • if you need help to complete the form you can call us on 0800 029 4974 

Buildings are in central locations and are accessible. We will provide communication support if required. If you require support please let us know by completing the form. 

Travel expenses will be reimbursed so long as you are able to provide receipts for public transport and taxis. If you travel by car mileage can be worked out with a member of staff.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept requests to attend beyond the closing date to allow sufficient time to arrange any support required.