What is the EARS Independent Advocacy Service?

EARS is an independent advocacy service that has been providing advocacy to people in the Edinburgh and the Lothians since 1999.  Originally known as the Edinburgh Advocacy & Representation Service, it was funded to provide free, one to one independent advocacy for older people in Edinburgh and later in West, Mid and East Lothian. Over the years it has developed into a service that can now provide independent advocacy to a range of people.

The main aim of EARS is to be - By your side and on your side.

What can EARS do for the people who use it?

The AIM of EARS is to provide independent advocacy, which will:

  • assist and support people to speak up for themselves – self-advocate
  • ensure that people who cannot speak up for themselves have their voices heard – advocate on behalf of
  • provide opportunities for people to meet and self advocate on common issues – collective/group advocacy
  • assist people to achieve their goals and/or to access the services they need or would benefit from
  • provide the information people need to ensure that they can make informed choices and decisions
  • assist people to gain control over their situations and lives,
  • protect rights

EARS Advocacy Service is an enabler, it provides the conflict-free support people need – especially during those times when they feel they have no control or choice over the decisions being made for/about them or the options open to them.

EARS also strives to raise awareness of the role of advocacy and the benefit advocacy can have in improving people’s outcomes/lives.