Dumfries and Galloway Advocacy Service has welcomed Service Manager, Libby Ong to the team.
Libby will be based in the Dumfries office and will cover the whole region.
She said: “I am passionate about inclusion, equality, and the right to be heard and am very much looking forward to facilitating and maximising the availability and delivery of independent, free, and confidential independent advocacy to our clients throughout Dumfries and Galloway.”
Pamela Deans, Chief Executive said Libby was a great addition to Dumfries and Galloway Advocacy Service and would be looking to recruit and train new volunteers in the coming months. Anyone interested in volunteering, should get in touch with the service for more information.
Dumfries and Galloway Advocacy Service delivers independent one to one and collective advocacy across the region.
They support people with issues around their mental health including tribunals and communications with mental health teams, learning disability, physical disability, NHS and Local Authority issues such as communication with GP’s and Acute and Community Hospitals, Social Work, Child Protection, Children’s Hearings, Adults with Incapacity, Guardianship, Carers Issues, Autistic Spectrum, Older Person’s Issues, Adult Support and Protection and much more.
Independent Advocates strive, at all times, to stand by clients and minimise conflict of interest. They can ensure that the client’s voice is expressed without compromise.
An Independent Advocate works on a one to one basis with the client, or collectively with groups, to find solutions to their issues and helps them to understand the options that are available to them while protecting their rights and ensuring they are treated with dignity and respect.