EARS Services

EARS have advocacy services in West Lothian, Midlothian, East Lothian and Edinburgh and provides independent advocacy to the following people:

Independent Advocacy for Older People

EARS has been providing independent advocacy to older people for over 17 years. We currently provide advocacy to older people, who would benefit from independent advocacy support, in Mid, East and West Lothian. Below are some specific examples of situations in which we have supported and assisted older people:

  • Mental Health Advocacy for -
    • Hospital and Community-based Detentions
    • Mental Health Tribunals
    • Treatment Orders
  • When Moving into a Residential Care Home
  • When a Residential Care Home Closes
  • Dealing with accommodation issues in Care Homes and Sheltered/Amenity Housing
  • Delayed Discharge Situations
  • Care Package Planning and Delivery

Available in West Lothian, Midlothian and in East Lothian.

The West Lothian Advocates for older people are -  Barry Steven (Hospitals and Residential Care)

                                                                                    Kelly Shade (Hospitals and Residential Care)

                                                                                    Elena Goodall (Community)

The Midlothian Advocate is – Hannah Saddington

The East Lothian Advocate is – Jane Goddard 

Advocacy to Survivors of Stroke

This service is provided to anyone of any age who has had/survived a Stroke.  The service is there to support those people who have had a Stroke to support them to move on from hospital and access additional services in the community.

The service is available In Edinburgh and the Lothians.

The Advocate for Edinburgh and East Lothian is Melanie Weigang.

The Advocate for West Lothian is Kelly Shade

The Advocate for Midlothian is Hannah Saddington

Independent Advocacy to Adults (16+) with a Learning Disability or Autism/Asperger’s

EARS provides independent advocacy to adults who have a Learning Disability or Autism who feel that they would benefit from the support of independent (one-to-one or collective) advocacy.

The service is available in West Lothian.

The Advocate providing one-to-one support is Joyce Watson.

The Advocate providing Collective/Group support is Karen Strang

Independent Advocacy to Adults (16+) with a Physical Disability and/or Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)

EARS provides independent advocacy to adults who have a physical disability and/or an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) who feel that they would benefit from the support of independent advocacy.

The service is available in Mid and West Lothian. Also available in East Lothian (upon request and on a case by case basis).

The West Lothian Advocate is Fiona Murray

The Midlothian Advocate is Hannah Saddington

The East Lothian Advocate would be Jane Goddard


Your Information/Your Rights

Under Data Protection law and the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) – which came into force in May 2018 – you have various rights in relation to any personal information we may hold about you.

In particular, you have a right to:

  • object to the processing or your personal information,
  • request a copy of personal information we hold about you,
  • ask us to update the personal information we hold about you, or to correct such personal information that you think is incorrect or incomplete,
  • ask that we delete personal information that we hold about you,
  • ask us to restrict the way in which we use that information,

or

  • withdraw your consent to our processing your personal information – to the extent that any and all processing is based on consent.