Ceartas is an independent charity, guided by oversight and top-down direction from its Board of Directors; and also guided by involvement and bottom-up direction from its service users.
Ceartas is a membership organisation. Anyone who has an interest in our work and supports the values that Ceartas promotes can apply to be a member and demonstrate their support of our work.
Members will be kept informed of our work and be able to shape our future work and priorities as we involve our service users and members in our planning. Members can attend our Annual General Meetings, and are eligible to vote to elect our Board of Directors.
Ceartas Advocacy is a member of the Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance (SIAA), and is guided by the SIAA’s principles and values.
Our Mission Statement
“Ceartas provides an advocacy service for people in East Dunbartonshire irrespective of their cultural background, gender, beliefs or sexuality.
We are committed to providing a service based on the principles of equality, fairness and justice. We strive to ensure that the views and opinions of individuals are heard and respected, affecting in a positive way the lives of people using the service.
We have a responsibility to provide this service, ensuring the rights of individuals are always central, in compliance with national advocacy standards.”
Our work will be driven by the achievement of the following agreed outcomes:
1. More people are involved, in control and able to influence decisions affecting them.
2. Our communities are provided with independent, accessible services which are responsive to their needs.
3. Our services are continually improving.
About The Name
Ceartas (cyɻ-tas – pronounced KEIR-tis) is a Gaelic word meaning ‘equality, justice and fairness’. These are the values which we promote through our work with the people of East Dunbartonshire.
Suites 5-7, McGregor House
10 Donaldson Crescent
Kirkintilloch G66 1XF
The origins of Ceartas Advocacy lie in the ‘North Glasgow and Strathkelvin Advocacy Service’, set up by Alzheimer Scotland Action On Dementia in 1994.
In response to Scottish Executive guidance from 2003, which stated that advocacy should be independent of organisations that provided other services, Alzheimer Scotland set the process in motion to disengage the advocacy service.
A steering group was established, a new charity was set up, and in April 2004 Ceartas Advocacy took over the role of providing Independent Advocacy for older people and people with dementia in East Dunbartonshire. Following a competitive tendering process, in 2008 Ceartas Advocacy took on responsibility for providing Independent Advocacy to another six service user groups in the area. Following another round of tendering in 2013, Ceartas took on providing Independent Advocacy to another two service user groups, making a total of ten.
Since then, the service has expanded to meet the needs of its client groups, and Ceartas Advocacy now employs thirteen people, has a Board of Directors to provide top-down governance, and has established a user involvement group to provide service user feedback. Ceartas Advocacy also provides many and varied opportunities for volunteers, and we regularly take Social Work student placements from the Glasgow School of Social Work.