Collective Advocacy Participant - 'Much More Than A Label' Personality Disorder Project

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This role involves using your own lived experiences of Personality Disorder in a positive way to raise awareness and campaign for change.

The aim of the project is for people who have been given a diagnosis of a personality disorder or had experiences that they feel fit with a personality disorder diagnosis to come together, have a collective voice and create change.The group decides what it wants to do (it is experience-led) and has a CAPS staff member to enable/facilitate its decisions

Individuals can get involved in a way which suits them. Activities and achievements of the group so far have included: developing and delivering experience led training; creating films based around experiences of living with a Personality Disorder; organising various awareness events , creating leaflets and resource packs based on peoples’ lived experience, responding to and creating consultations and attending and delivering presentations at conferences.

(Collective advocacy is where a group of people who are all facing a common problem and have had similar experiences get together to work on specific issues and have their voices heard. The group as a whole may campaign on an issue that affects them. A collective voice can be stronger than that of an individual, as groups are more difficult to ignore.)

Due to Covid 19 CAPS we have had to alter the way we work. Groups and volunteer roles are currently taking place online until we can resume face to face meetings.

Organisation aims and objectives

CAPS is an independent advocacy organisation for people who use or have used mental health services. We are completely independent from the people who fund us and those who provide other services to the people we work with. We provide individual and collective advocacy in East Lothian and Midlothian. We also host several mental health related, experience-led projects across Lothian.










Would require a commitment of 2 hours per month.


Experience required: Personal Lived experience of a Personality Disorder, willingness to use these experiences to raise awareness and campaign for change. Willingness to respects others’ opinions, values and beliefs and to work as part of a team
Travel details: Edinburgh City Centre and various locations across the Lothians, accessible by bus/train.
Minimum age: 18


Expenses paid: Yes
Training details: CAPS/LEARN have a dedicated volunteer coordinator to provide training and mentoring for all volunteer. Induction training for all volunteers is provided and all volunteers work alongside a paid development worker , who is able to provide day to day work related support for volunteers.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer,
Wheelchair Access/Disabled Access Toilet

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