Independent advocacy is a way to support people to have a stronger voice and have as much control as possible over their own lives. It is about:
- Supporting someone to speak up about issues important to them
- Supporting a person to have their views heard and increase their self-confidence, self-worth and self-belief
- Supporting someone to make their own choices and decisions
- Representing the views of someone when they are unable to so for themselves
- Listening to someone and trying to understand their point of view
- Supporting someone to know what choices they have and what the consequences of these choices might be
Independent advocacy is available to adults (16+) and older people in Fife if they are affected by:
- chronic illness
- mental illness
- learning disability
- personality disorder
- and need help to safeguard their well-being, rights, care or other interests
Children in Fife under the age of 18 can access advocacy if:
- They are looked after by Fife Council (at home, in Foster Care, Kinship Care or Residential Care)
- There are Child Protection procedures in place (aged 5-18)
- They have a mental health issue and/or a learning disability
Barnardos Child and Family Support Service Fife
Barnardo’s Children’s Rights Service, Fife, provides a Children’s Rights Service for children and young people (up to 18). This includes children subject to a Child Protection Conference, or looked after children in foster care or purchased residential placements.
Barnaro’s also provide support through Take Note which supports families involved in Additional Supports Needs Tribunals for Scotland (ASNTS).
Website: Barnardo's Child and Family Support Service (Fife)
Address: Barnardo's Child and Family Support Service (Fife)
Mitchelston Industrial Estate
Tel: 01592 651482
Circles Network Advocacy
Circles Network Advocacy can help you to have a say about the services you receive, to understand your rights, to gather the right information to help you make a fully informed choice and to raise any issues you may have concerns about.
Circles can support you if you are 16 or over and living in Fife with mental health issues; learning disability; personality disorder; physical impairment; acquired brain injury; dementia; autism or chronic illness.
They can also support:
- People receiving long-term citizen advocacy involved in statutory proceedings.
- Children under 16 years who are subject to compulsory measures under the Mental Health (Care & Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003.
Glenrothes Office – 1 Hanover Court, North Street, Glenrothes, Fife, KY7 5SB
Cupar Office – Westport Business Centre, 1 Old School Road, Cupar, Fife, KY15 4EZ
Dunfermline Office – 5 High Street, Dunfermline, Fife, KY12 7DL
Telephone: 01592 753383 or 01592 753168
Dunfermline Advocacy provides support for Citizen Advocacy partnerships across West Fife. Citizen Advocacy matches local people with vulnerable adults in the community to provide invaluable support and friendship, giving each individual a chance to have their voice heard and represented.
Address: Dunfermline Advocacy
2 Halbeath Road
Dunfermline KY12 7QX
Telephone: 01383 624 382
ENABLE Scotland provides advocacy for children and young people with additional support needs. This includes professional advocacy at children’s hearings and self advocacy support. Enable also provides peer support advocacy for young people with learning disabilities, where they develop skills to speak out for themselves.
Address: ENABLE Scotland
5-21 Alexander House
Dysart KY1 2XX
Telephone: 01592 659 295
Equal Voice supports citizen advocacy partnerships between vulnerable adults and ordinary members of the central Fife communities.
Address: Equal Voice in Central Fife
Kirkcaldy KY1 2QT
Telephone: 01592 223875
Fife Elderly Forum Executive
Fife Elderly Forum Executive is a voluntary sector advice and information agency dealing with older people’s issues. They also provide a professional independent advocacy service to older people.
Address: Fife Elderly Forum Executive
Office 1-2, Fraser Buildings
Kirkcaldy KY1 2NL
Telephone: 01592 643743
includeME is a Citizen Advocacy project supporting citizen advocacy partnerships between vulnerable adults and ordinary members of the north-east Fife communities.
c/o Fife Voluntary Action
Cupar KY15 5AS
Telephone: 01334 656242 or 07503 458 746
Kindred in Fife
Kindred provides advocacy and information on services available to children with additional support needs and their carers. Kindred has a dedicated service for Fife.
Address: Kindred Fife
Office 5, 15 Cromarty Campus
Rosyth KY11 2YB
Telephone: 01383 420504
People First (Fife) is part of People First (Scotland), the independent collective self-advocacy organisation, run by and for adults with learning difficulties aged 16 and over. The organisation is based on clear values of independence, involvement and peer support.
Address: People First (Fife)
Kirkcaldy KY1 2QT
Telephone: 01592 223871
Fife Women’s Aid is a charitable organisation based in the voluntary sector, which supports women, children and young people who have experience of domestic abuse in Fife. Advocacy help is made available for women to get the help they need from other agencies; accompaniment to Lawyers; understanding of the criminal and civil justice system and what to expect if going to court. The advocacy worker also gets the woman’s voice heard by putting across the woman’s point of view.
Address: Fife Women’s Aid
Dunfermline office: Unit 26, Dunfermline Business Centre
Dunfermline KY11 3BZ
Cupar office: 8 Lady Wynd
Cupar KY15 4DE
Telephone: Support: 0808 802 5555 Business: 01383 732289
Fife Advocacy Forum
Fife Advocacy Forum has produced a booklet entitled Advocacy in Fife detailing all the advocacy services available in Fife. It can be downloaded from http://fifeadvocacyforum.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Advocacy-in-Fife-A5-booklet-14th-May-2014.pdf