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Circles Network Moray

Last updated: 12th July 2024

Type of service:

Voluntary

Need supported:

  • Other

Aim/Purpose:

Advocacy support for issues relating to health and social care. People must have a ‘condition’ eg mental health, disability, autism, brain injury, personality disorder, chronic illness, long covid, dementia, drug and alcohol issues but no formal diagnosis is needed. People with a diagnosed mental disorder have a legal right to advocacy. For those with substance abuse issues Circles can support with any issue where advocacy may help e.g housing, benefits. Supporting people to have their views heard. Providing information to enable them to make informed choices. Ensuring their Human Rights are understood and upheld. Signposting to others who can help when we cannot. Aim is to support people to become self-advocating – feeling confident and empowered to speak up for themselves.

Suitability criteria:

  • All genders
  • All ages

Assessment/referral process:

  • Any agency, Court, GP, Health professional, Other, Self-referral, Social work

Referral form, email enquiry or phone enquiry.

Further Information:

Circles advocacy works on an issues basis i.e. deals with one issue at a time and does not provide ongoing advocacy. The service is independent and aims to provide advocacy in a way which meets the person’ needs and wishes. People can choose to use advocacy but can change their mind about that as often as they wish. We are happy to make initial informal contact by phone or in person and provide a ‘friendly face’ to reassure anyone who might feel anxious about using the service. If you are unsure about referring or not, please call or email and we can talk it through.