South Ayrshire

Help and support in South Ayrshire

Circles Advocacy South Ayrshire delivers a free, independent service by providing information and advocacy via telephone, email or video call, drop-in meetings within community resources and home visits to individuals who are unable to access our main office in South Ayrshire or suitable public settings.

Who can use the service?

Those people who are 16 years and over, who live in South Ayrshire and are experiencing one or more of the following conditions:

● mental ill health
● dementia
● learning, physical or sensory impairments
● acquired brain injury
● chronic/long term illness
● autistic spectrum diagnosis
● lived or living experience of drug or alcohol dependency
● personality disorder
● receiving self-directed support budgets



We support people to:

● have a say about the services they receive
● understand their rights
● raise issues they are worried about
● ensure safeguarding in situations where they may be vulnerable

We also support people who are 16 years and over who are subject to compulsory measures under the Mental Health (Care & Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003.

We are inclusive in our approach and support people (over the age of 16) from all backgrounds including older people, those detained under the Mental Health Act, people subject to interventions under the Adults with Incapacity Act and the Adult Support and Protection Act, carers (who come under one of our main criteria as listed above), parents, people in refuge and people who are homeless or experiencing issues related to alcohol or drug dependency.

Examples of advocacy provision include assisting with:

● children’s hearings
● child protection meetings
● looked After Children (LAC) meetings
● adults with incapacity hearings/meetings
● ESA health assessments
● PIP health assessments
● work capability assessments
● Jobcentre/work coach meetings
● GP/health professional appointments
● adult support and protection meetings
● adults with incapacity meetings
● attending mental health tribunals
● social work meetings/reviews
● care programme approach (CPA) meetings
● ward and care home reviews
● discharge meetings
● meetings with solicitors
● self-directed support (SDS) reviews

How to contact us:


If you would like to make an enquiry about how we can assist or to speak to one of the team our operating times are:

Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm

01292 264 396

07557 150 035 (call or text)

At times when the advocates are out of the office please leave a message. Our voicemail is checked daily.

Circles Network, 2 New Bridge Street, Ayr, South Ayrshire. KA7 1JX

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