CAPS Independent Advocacy

Charity registered in Scotland SC021772

CAPS is an independent advocacy organisation for people with mental health issues,
led by people with mental health issues.

Current opportunities

CAPS require a young person aged 18-25 years to work with the CAPS Collective Advocacy team to raise awareness of eating disorders. This role requires someone who is able to relate to other young people and is willing to share personal lived experience of an eating disorder of any kind, in order to educate and raise awareness around eating disorders amongst other young people. The role requires the willingness to talk about and share experiences of eating disorders with other young people in group situations in various community settings including schools; universities; public events etc. As part of the collective advocacy team you would be supporting the collective advocacy development worker to show a collective advocacy film and facilitate a group discussion.

CAPS provides Individual Advocacy in East Lothian and Midlothian and runs several experience-led Collective Advocacy projects across Lothian. You will be part of a team of Management Committee members, the majority of whom are people with lived experience of mental health issues, in accordance with CAPS constitution. Two members without lived experience may also sit on the committee. You will receive induction, training, guidance and support from CAPS staff.

Use your own lived experience of living with a personality disorder diagnosis to raise awareness and understanding, challenge stigma and promote positive changes in attitudes and services. The role involves sharing personal experiences of living with personality disorder with groups of participants and helping to facilitate training workshops, aimed at raising awareness of personality disorder. You will need to be willing to share experiences with people from a variety of different backgrounds.