Caring can be rewarding in its own ways but it can also be very isolating. Carers may not know what help to ask for, how to ask, or indeed who to ask.
Self-advocacy is about enabling someone to get their own voice heard. For carers, this means speaking up for ourselves and for the person we’re caring for. There is nothing mysterious about self-advocacy; it’s just about knowing how to communicate concerns in a way that gives the best chance of getting a positive outcome.
Since 2011, Carers Scotland has been working with the Scottish Government to develop self-advocacy resources for carers.
While some carers have access to advocacy in Scotland, many more do not. Being Heard: a self-advocacy guide for carers is designed to ensure every carer has support to navigate a confusing system, communicate effectively and handle complex thoughts and feelings.