Independent Advocacy Outreach:
Ceartas undertakes Advocacy Outreach Work, to raise awareness of advocacy, and make it easier for the people of East Dunbartonshire to access our services. In addition to providing an opportunity to get advocacy support, Advocacy Outreach Work enables us to pass on information to service users, and to make referrals to other services as appropriate.
We have several different strands to our Outreach Work:
By having a presence in places like Day Care Centres, Care Homes and GP Surgeries, we make it easy for service users to get the information and support they need; but we also help to reduce the burden on staff by addressing service user issues that often fall outside their areas of work or expertise.
If you are interested in chatting about our Advocacy Outreach Work, please contact Ceartas here.
It's really nice to know that someone is listening to me and taking me seriously. Other people seem to think that my problems are trivial and aren't worth bothering about, but that is not true. My Advocacy Worker helped me to make my point in such a way that I couldn't be ignored, and now things are starting to improve as a result.
There is always someone there at Ceartas for me, no matter who takes the call.
Absolutely thrilled with the service. I wish my family all stayed in East Dunbartonshire and could access it!
I didn't know that there was anything I could do about my situation, let alone that I had options. I feel so much better knowing that I can turn to Ceartas for information when I need it.
Thanks for discussing things and then sending us some information in the post: we have now started the Power of Attorney process.
After waiting months, you got the ball rolling with a number of things and for that I thank you.
Even a ten minute chat on the phone made me feel so much better. I was becoming frustrated and annoyed at not getting what I needed from services, but talking to my Advocacy Worker kept me grounded and stopped me from losing the rag with anyone.
Thanks so much, this is almost a miracle! Can you do anything for Partick Thistle while you’re at it?
Thank you for your support at the last meeting. It’s great having somebody independent in my corner: not sure what I would have done or where I would be otherwise.
I live quite a long distance away from my sister. When she needed to get some more support in place for her dementia, the information about local services and support that you were able to give me was invaluable. I can't thank you enough.
I am usually apprehensive about contacting organisations in fear of being passed pillar to post. I was delighted when I contacted Ceartas: although I didn’t need advocacy, you talked me through local services that I needed.
I felt like I was facing a brick wall until I started receiving support and information from Ceartas. The outcome of that has led to a much better relationship with the rest of the family, and now we are all pulling in the same direction.
When I call Ceartas everyone is always so kind and helpful. They are all a really good group of people.
Thank you for your prompt and informative reply. It’s appreciated more than you will know.
It’s a really tricky role you’ve had in this case but you’ve done so effectively.
I can pick up the phone and advocacy support is always there, ready to listen and help me understand things better.