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Group advocacy events

Join online and in-person group advocacy across Scotland.

Group advocacy (also known as collective advocacy) brings people together to share their experiences in powerful ways.

Our group advocacy sessions can support you to come together in a group setting and discuss a problem or issue that affects you. With the support of an advocate, you’ll have the opportunity to have your voice heard, speak about your own personal experiences and interact with people who are facing similar challenges. How you get involved is up to you: sessions will be face to face and online.

By getting involved, you can:

  • Make connections with other people with lived experience
  • Raise awareness of issues which affect you
  • Influence professionals who make decisions that affect everyone

What will group advocacy sessions be about?

Social Security Scotland benefits

You might like to talk about the application process, re-determinations and appeals.

Unpaid carers

You might like to talk about carer’s assessments, housing or dementia.

The issues we discuss will be led by you.

Do you have a topic you’d like to discuss? We’d love to hear from you.

New group advocacy sessions in Edinburgh for 2024

This spring, four groups will initially run in each of our localities, Edinburgh South West, South East, North West and North East.

There is also the option to join these groups remotely via an online call.

  • North East Edinburgh (Leith Library): every Monday from 15 January to 25 March 2024, 2-4pm
  • North West Edinburgh: (Rannoch Community Centre): every Tuesday from 16 January to 26 March 2024, 1.30-3.30pm
  • South West Edinburgh (Oxgangs Library): every Thursday from 18 January to 28 March 2024, 10am-12pm
  • South East Edinburgh (Eric Liddell Centre): every Thursday from 18 January to 28 March 2024, 2-4pm

Please email or call 0300 303 1660 to register.

We have one additional event for spring on Thursday 28 March 2024, 10am-12pm, at the National Museum of Scotland.

To register, please visit our Ticket Tailor page.

Get involved

To register your interest in joining a group advocacy event, find out what’s coming up or suggest a discussion topic for a future session, please: