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Being Heard: a guide to self-advocacy for carers

Being Heard is our self-advocacy guide, here to help you navigate a confusing system, get your message across and cope with complex thoughts and emotions when you are caring.

When we're caring, it can be hard to get our voice heard. We might not know what help to ask for, or indeed who to ask. Self-advocacy is about learning the skills to to speak up for ourselves and for the person we're caring for.

We have produced Being Heard – a self-advocacy guide for carers to help you get your voice heard. It stems from work carried out by Carers Scotland and the Scottish Government since 2011, and has been updated to reflect the situation for carers in each nation.

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Click the link below to download the right edition of the Being Heard guide:







In addition to the main guide there are a range of short satellite documents on the following themes. These are relevant across the UK – just click on the link below to download:

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