You First Advocacy

Charity registered in Scotland SC036839

Advocacy gives people a voice, standing up for their rights, concerns, views and wishes ensuring they are listened to as they engage with services.
Everyone can, at times, feel vulnerable when dealing with people in authority. At You First Advocacy we empower individuals to change this by speaking for them or supporting them to speak for themselves.

We assist people who live in Renfrewshire who have mental health problems, physical disabilities, learning disabilities plus older people

You First Advocacy is an independent service.


Current opportunity

YOU FIRST ADVOCACY IS AN INDEPENDENT ADVOCACY SERVICE THAT GIVES PEOPLE A VOICE, SUPPORTING THEM TO STAND UP FOR THEIR RIGHTS, CONCERNS, VIEWS AND WISHES. YOU FIRST ADVOCACY VOLUNTEER ADVOCATES ACT AS ‘SPOKESPERSONS’ FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT ALWAYS ABLE TO EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS AND WISHES THEMSELVES. AT YOU FIRST ADVOCACY, VOLUNTEER ADVOCATES PROVIDE SUPPORT TO PEOPLE WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES, LEARNING DISABILITIES, PHYSICAL DISABILITIES AND THOSE OVER 60, TO MAKE SURE THEIR VIEWS AND WISHES ARE HEARD, TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT AND THAT THEIR RIGHTS ARE UPHELD, AS THEY ENGAGE WITH SERVICES AND ORGANISATIONS. THIS SUPPORT AIMS TO EMPOWER INDIVIDUALS TO HAVE A VOICE AND ULTIMATELY TO BE ABLE TO SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES. ADVOCATES AT YOU FIRST ADVOCACY DON’T GIVE ADVICE: WE SUPPORT SERVICE USERS TO SPEAK ON THEIR OWN BEHALF OR SPEAK FOR THE SERVICE USERS WHEN REQUESTED TO DO SO; WE PROVIDE AND EXPLAIN INFORMATION; EXPLAIN CHOICES; PREPARE FOR AND GIVE SUPPORT AT MEETINGS; WRITE LETTERS AND HELP SERVICE USERS FIND OTHER SERVICES IF REQUIRED. INFORMAL INTERVIEW, REFERENCES, PVG CHECK AND ADVOCATE TRAINING (PROVIDED FREE), REQUIRED TO VOLUNTEER AS AN ADVOCATE.