CAPS Independent Advocacy

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 experience-led projects across Lothian.

Current opportunities

This role involves using your own lived experiences of eating disorders in a positive way to raise awareness, fight against stigma and campaign for change. Working as a team, 'Seen but not Heard' eating disorders collective advocacy have developed training around eating disorders, two films, awareness events, attended conferences, responded to/developed consultations and have produced leaflets and resource packs.

The role involves using personal experiences of living with Psychosis as part of CAPS collective advocacy group (Experiences of Psychosis); to raise awareness of Psychosis, promote understanding, fight against stigma and campaign for change. The group have made films, produced a training workshop, attended conferences & are working on awareness raising around psychosis in the local community and beyond.

The role involves sharing your experiences of living with psychosis with groups of participants to help facilitate creative training workshops aimed at raising awareness of the diversity of perspectives of psychosis. You will need good communication skills, lived experience of living with psychosis and willingness to share your experience with people from different backgrounds. A sense of commitment and willingness to travel locally are important.

Oor Mad History is a community history project, led by people with their own personal lived experience of mental health, using oral history to record and promote the history of activism and collective advocacy by people with mental health issues. We have also developed a short course in “Mad People’s History and Identity” at Queen Margaret University. As a participant with us you will be able to get involved in all aspects of the project.