Year of change for Advocacy

Angus Advocacy met in Bruce House on Monday for their annual general meeting. The group were photographed just befoe the meeting got under way.
Angus Advocacy met in Bruce House on Monday for their annual general meeting. The group were photographed just befoe the meeting got under way.

MEMBERS of Angus Independent Advocacy (AIA) heard at their annual general meeting in Bruce House on Monday that the year just past had been one of change.

AIA, based at 60 High Street, Arbroath, 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 unpaid advocates.

Suzanne Swinton, manager, reported that Linda Bailey, manager for over 13 years, had taken up a new post in Glasgow. However, she stressed that, although there has been a change of manager, AIA continues as normal to support some of the most vulnerable members of the community and enables them to ‘Have Their Voice Heard.’

Suzanne said: “Independent Advocacy is a powerful tool in enabling those we support to have more control of their lives. People tell us the difference having an advocate on their side makes especially in meetings with professionals.”

She added that the annual general meeting was also a good opportunity for AIA to launch the new Citizen Advocacy project for adults over 55 years. AIA, she went on, had been successful in securing a further five years’ funding through the BIG Lottery’s ‘Investing in Communities’ initiative.