Advocacy in Glasgow
We provide professional and independent advocacy for people with mental health issues who are in the forensic settings of Rowanbank and Leverndale Hospital or in a Community Setting.
Telephone: 0141 232 6406
Rowanbank Clinic, 133c Balornock Road, Glasgow, G21 3UL
Providing a statutory right to advocacy, underpinned by The Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 and The Adult Support and Protection Act 2007.Circles Network, under contract to the West of Scotland Forensic Board and Greater Glasgow & Clyde Health Board, provide independent advocacy to patients detained in hospitals. The project fulfills statutory advocacy functions to people on medium secure and forensic wards and people discharged to the community for a period of time.
The advocacy team work across many settings supporting people in Court Cases, Parole Boards, Mental Health Tribunals, Care Programme Approach Reviews, Social Work Reviews, Children’s Hearings and matters such as Named Person Nomination or Revocation and Advance or Personal Statements. In addition to this intensive support, advocates work daily to fully support people with crisis or chronic issues such as: benefits claims and financial issues, housing issues such as rental arrangements and property storage, applications for bank accounts, concerns with NHS treatment and liaison with Consultant Psychiatrists, First Minister Advisers, Lawyers and Mental Health Officers.
Unlike many of our projects, in Glasgow we work with a fairly static population year on year. The project team engage regularly with almost 100% of the resident population in the clinics, supporting nearly 140 individuals with individual and collective advocacy. In the community, the number of people supported has steadily risen and the project has been able to make significant impacts on the lives of people ordinarily isolated from the full range of resources available while resident in hospital.
The team have excelled in raising the profile of the role of the Independent Advocate and are more than ever, relied upon for their solutions based approach to a huge range of problems and issues faced by patients. The team are constantly called on for a wide range of support: from providing emotional support, to sourcing interpreter services for people to improve their access to resources, securing funds from voluntary agencies to assist in matters of inequality and supporting patients in dispute with family members.
The team now successfully run Collective Advocacy Group Forums in the medium secure setting we work in and collectively supported patients with their views on such issues as the hospital’s smoking policy, diet, restricted Items lists and access to leisure activities.
Perhaps the most vital impact of the project is in HM Courts where, the team’s presence has been significant in improving the experience of vulnerable adults undergoing criminal proceedings. The project team take all the opportunities available to liaise with other agencies, lobby on wider issues and collaboratively support wider developments.