This service at AdvoCard are still open and continuing to accept referrals. Our staff are currently working remotely, providing advocacy via telephone, email and video conferencing through Google Meets, where possible.
If you would like to refer someone or just get in touch to ask a question then please do so.
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Any of HMP Edinburgh’s prisoners can use the independent advocacy service based in the prison.
What can we do?
Advocacy helps people have a stronger voice and a greater chance of influencing decisions about their lives. We start by listening to what you need and help you get information about your rights, so that you can weigh up the best options for you. We can help you express your views to the right services (at meetings or through letters). These services can either be inside the prison (e.g. Scottish Prison Service, Social Work, NHS) or on the outside (e.g. Law firms, Children & Families Social Work), anywhere in Scotland (and sometimes UK wide). We can help you understand the decisions made. People often value the fact that we are independent of other services.
How can you start to use our service?
Prisoners can refer themselves by filling out either AdvoCard’s or the Links Centre forms. Longer-term prisoners taking part in the Induction programme can find out about independent advocacy during a weekly awareness raising session and make appointments to discuss their advocacy needs.
Professionals can also refer by phone, email, in person or by using the PR2 database.
Family and friends are also welcome to refer to us.
We can then arrange a time, through prison officers, to come and meet in your hall.
Who are we?
Peter Le Riche works Monday-Friday in the prison. There is scope for working with those prisoners who have mental health problems or problematic substance use, and who are resident in Edinburgh, once they are liberated.
Tel: 0131 447 4559
Where do we work?
We share office space in the Links Centre of The Hub with other voluntary sector agencies. They include services providing housing advice, benefits and debt advice, counselling, support services and addictions advice, so we are well placed to get their expertise to help you. The Health Centre and Social Work are also nearby.