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.

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.

This research role involves using your own lived experienced 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.

This role involves using personal experience as a peer worker/volunteer to raise awareness/promote understanding about peer work. Previous discussions in the group have included pay and peer work, opportunities to progress in peer work, language in peer work and employer’s understanding of peer work. Currently the group is seeking to conduct peer research exploring people’s experiences as a peer worker and how this changes over time.