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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.

Upcoming events

On Thursday 6 June, 2pm-4pm, we’re holding a group advocacy welfare session — in partnership with the Scottish Covid-19 Inquiry’s Let’s Be Heard team — to hear about people’s experiences during 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2022.

The session will be held in the Café Annex at the Eric Liddell Centre, 15 Morningside Road, Edinburgh, EH10 4DP. Tea and coffee will be provided.

We would like you to join us to hear about your experiences in relation to:

  • Access to food and support, including food packages for those who were shielding, and provision and delivery of food
  • General welfare support: what support did you receive and did it meet your needs?
  • Fuel poverty
  • Housing and homelessness

Your feedback will be anonymously shared with the Scottish Covid-19 Inquiry’s Let’s Be Heard team, the Scottish Government and the Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership.

If you would like to be involved, please email or call 0300 303 1660.

New group advocacy sessions in Edinburgh for 2024

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

For details of upcoming groups, please email or call 0300 303 1660.

Get involved

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