What We Do

The advocate will take time to get to know you and find out what your wants and needs are.

You can expect your advocate to do the following things:

  • Take time to get to know you
  • Find out how you feel about things
  • Help you find the information you need to make decisions and choices
  • Help you consider different ways of doing things before making your choice
  • Support you to put over your views to other people
  • Go with you to meetings if you want this
  • Act as your voice when needed - but only express your views
  • Stand up for you when needed

What Advocates Don't Do

The independent advocate will not:

  • Give their own opinion
  • Work to their own agenda
  • Tell you what to do or give you advice
  • Speak to other people about you without your permission
  • Except in a limited number of cases which will be explained to you

If You Want To Use This Service

Referrals can be made by yourself or a third party.

Referrals can be made in person, over the telephone or by email via our contact form. We try to make the process as straightforward as possible.

If you are unsure about whether independent advocacy would be appropriate or not please get in touch and we can talk things through.


  • Advocacy Arts Trail

    It’s #AAW22, and AIMS is exhibiting works across North Ayrshire!...

  • Gathering Your Thoughts

    AIMS Creative holds online screening and discussion for the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival...

  • AIMS at #AAW21

    Our contribution to the NDTi’s Advocacy Awareness Week 2021...