Services: Collective

Advocacy is about standing up to an injustice, or addressing concerns about a particular issue. All of us find it difficult, at times, to get our voice heard about decisions or actions that affect our own lives or the lives of someone we care about, this is where advocacy is important. 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.

How we can help

Edinburgh Carers Council facilitates collective advocacy groups for carers. The groups offer carers;

  • Key information and knowledge about conditions and services which focuses on recovery.
  • An opportunity to share their individual experiences and to hear from others.
  • Discussion on their own mental health and wellbeing and how this can be supported.
  • Invited speakers and researchers to offer detailed information about current developments in mental health
  • The opportunity to take forward collective issues at local NHS and Local Authority level and at National level through conferences and other events.

Our Collective Advocacy Groups:

  • Ferryfield House Group; An opportunity to meet others who have relatives or friends in Ferryfield House. Meets monthly at Ferryfield House.
  • 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.
  • Further details can be viewed at our Collective Advocacy Groups page or please phone us on 0131 322 8480.

Carers Forum

Meets Bimonthly.

Next Forum: Thursday, 4th July 2019. 11am-2pm.
Topic: Coping Strategies continued.
Venue: Edinburgh Carers Council offices, Great Michael House (14 Links Place, Edinburgh EH6 7EZ).

Please note your interest by calling 0131 322 8480 or email

Please see our Carers Forum page for details.

We also are involved in raising awareness of carers issues within related professions.

  • Mental Health Awareness training. We are working with the City of Edinburgh Council to provide input into the mental health awareness training for CEC social work staff.
  • Mental Health Nurse training. We deliver sessions to nursing students at Napier University.
  • Community Mental Health staff and Hospital staff. We offer information and training to community mental health staff through team meetings and individually.
  • We regularly provide awareness raising workshops at conferences and events for both professional staff and carers.

If you think you might be interested in finding out a bit more about ways you could get involved, email us on or phone 0131 322 8480, we’d love to hear from you.

Other useful links:

Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance (SIAA): gives more information on different types of advocacy and groups around Scotland.

Collective advocacy services in Edinburgh for people with mental health difficulties:


The Patients Council

People First (Scotland)