East Lothian Council

Advocacy for carers

Advocacy for carers in East Lothian

The Princess Royal Trust for Carers

In East Lothian there is a free, independent service that helps to support carers at meetings and through dedicated groups.

What is advocacy?

Advocacy involves trained third-party individuals who will help carers to express their views and enforce their legal rights. Advocates do not impose their own ideas; they help carers to find their own voice.

This recognises that carers have a right to input into any decisions that could affect them but might require additional support to help them to do so.

You can download our guide to advocacy for more information.

Who is advocacy for?

Advocacy services are available for anyone with a care responsibility: whether it is a formal, paid role or unpaid extra assistance for a friend, relative or neighbour.

All services are free and independent from the Council.

What support is available for carers?

Carers of East Lothian receives funding from East Lothian Council to provide advocacy services across the county.

It offers advice and information for individuals over the age of 16, as well as a dedicated carers support group. It also arranges social events for carers and provides confidential support on all aspects of being a carer.

You can find out more about these services from our carers support group section.

Useful websites

149 North High Street, Musselburgh, EH21 6AN

Telephone: 0131 665 0135

East Lothian Council, John Muir House Brewery Park Haddington East Lothian EH41 3HA.