Independent Advocacy is a way to help people have more influence and as much control as possible over their own lives.

Many people sometimes feel that they would like support to make sure their views are heard - especially when it comes to important decisions about them and their future. Independent Advocacy is a way to help people have a stronger voice and help make sure your views and opinions are heard. To find out more about Independent Advocacy, please vist the Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance website.

There are several independent advocacy organisations in East Lothian who provide a free and confidential services that aims to help people to speak for themselves, express their views and enforce their rights.

Partners in Advocacy

Partners in Advocacy provide independent individual advocacy for adults with learning disabilities in Edinburgh, East Lothian and Midlothian. They also provide independent individual advocacy for older people and adults with physical disabilities in Edinburgh. Partners in Advocacy also provide independent advocacy for children and young people with additional support needs in Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Partners in Advocacy website

Call 0131 478 7723 or email

G1 Links House, 15 Links Place, Edinburgh EH6 7EZ.

CAPS Independent Advocacy

CAPS Independent Advocacy provides independent individual and collective advocacy in East Lothian and Midlothian for adults who use, or have used, mental health services. They also support several experience-led advocacy projects, relating to mental health open to people from across Lothian.

CAPS Independent Advocacy website

Call 0131 273 5116 for Collective Advocacy or 0131 273 5118 for Individual Advocacy.


Old Stables, Eskmills Park, Station Road, Musselburgh, East Lothian EH21 7PQ.

EARS Advocacy Service

EARS Advocacy Service provides independent individual and collective (group) advocacy to older people in West Lothian, East Lothian and Midlothian; adults (16+) with physical disabilities and/or acquired brain injury in West Lothian and Midlothian; and advocacy services to people of any age who have survived a stroke (Lothian wide) and people with a learning disability (West Lothian).

EARS Advocacy Service website


525 Ferry Road, Edinburgh, EH5 2FF