Edinburgh Carers Council
Edinburgh Carers Council (ECC) provides a free, independent and confidential advocacy service.
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.
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 and/or a mental illness.
Transitions Carer Advocacy Service
ECC provides 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 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.
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 currently facilitates two collective advocacy groups for carers:
- Ferryfield House Carers Group: An opportunity to meet others who have relatives or friends in Ferryfield House.
- Findlay House Carers Group: An opportunity to meet others who have relatives or friends in Findlay House.
ECC also facilitates a Carers Forum which is held bimonthly. 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.
Intended Client Groups:
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.
This service accepts direct self referrals.
Contact Info. & Provider's Address
GF5, 14 Links Place (Great Michael House)
Monday - Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm