Edinburgh Carers Council

Edinburgh Carers Council provides a free, independent and confidential advocacy services.

The service is open to anyone who supports someone with  mental health difficulties, learning disability, acquired Brain injury, personality disorder or dementia. It aims to support carers to represent their views on a wide range of issues.

Advocates can represent your views if you feel unable to this yourself. They do not tell you what to do, they are there to support you in your choices and decisions and can lend weight to your views. Advocates will support people in dealing with specific issues and work with them to get the issue resolved. They are not there to judge you or tell you if you are wrong or right, they are there to support you and only you.


Individual Advocacy 

ECC provides advocacy for carers supporting someone who is in hospital or who uses services in Edinburgh and who has dementia, an acquired brain injury, learning disability or mental illness


Transitions Carer Advocacy Service is a free, confidential and independent advocacy service for carers of people in mental health settings who will be returning to Lothian from ‘out of area’ placements. The service is also available to carers of people currently in mental health settings within Lothian who are in a period of transition.


Forensic Advocacy

Forensic Mental Health Services (FMHS) specialise in the assessment and treatment of people with mental disorders involved with legal or court proceedings, or who have offended. Advocacy is offered to carers, i.e. families and friends of people using forensic mental health services. This can be in the community or in a hospital setting.

Collective Advocacy 

By meeting together to discuss common concerns or issues, carers can work together to have their voices heard and to contribute to developing policy and good practice. Edinburgh Carers Council facilitates a number of collective advocacy groups for carers. There include:

  • Ferryfield House Carers Group: An opportunity to meet others who have relatives or friends in Ferryfield House.
  • Jardine Carers Group; for relatives, partners and friends of those in care of the elderly or dementia wards at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital. Meets monthly at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital.
  • Safety, Privacy and Dignity in Older People Services (SPD) Group; the SPD meeting brings together carers and staff supporting someone using older people’s services at the REH and other Continuing Care wards. Meets quarterly at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital.

ECC also facilitates a Carers Forum. This enables carers the opportunity to meet and look at information about current changes and developments within mental health, and to discuss and collectively address these issues and move them forward to make a difference.

Service Categories


Intended Client Groups:

  • Carers


This service is available to residents of all parts of Edinburgh

Applicants for this service should also meet this condition:

A carer may be a family member, partner or friend who supports or cares for a person with mental health difficulties.


Self Referral

This service accepts direct self referrals.

Contact Info. & Provider's Address


The Canon Mill
1-3 Canon Street

Office Hours

Monday - Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm

Service Contact

Tel: 0131 270 6087 or 0131 270 6089
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.edinburghcarerscouncil.co.uk

Provider's Name: Edinburgh Carers Council

Type: Charity/Voluntary

Edinburgh Carers Council aims to make sure the views of carers are included at all stages in the development of mental health services.  They offer collective advocacy to make sure this is done. 

We also provide information to carers through having courses on a variety of topics.  These range from one day to six week courses.

Services run by this provider

Service Contact

Tel: 0131 270 6087 or 0131 270 6089
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.edinburghcarerscouncil.co.uk

Office Hours

Monday – Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm

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