REACH Advocacy Scotland are delighted to announce we have secured funding from Big Lottery Scotland Improving Lives fund.
We have received funding that will enable us to start our unique project, we will be able to put 10 candidates through our award in the first year and advocate for others in our locality.
We will also be able to look for further partners to work with us over the coming years in the spirit of co-production. As our award is for all protected characteristics this will allow other organisations/charities to achieve the award and advocate for their peers.
We have to thank Jennie who helped us along the way and the staff at the Big Lottery Scotland were fantastic to work with
REACH Advocacy Scotland has developed an Innovative new approach in line with The Road to Recovery (2008) Workforce Development Plan (2010) and Recovery Orientated Systems of Care (ROSC) as well as Fairer Scotland and One Scotland.
We are a charity made up of people with lived experience direct or indirect of addiction and mental health that have developed a SQA advocacy award SCQF level 7, the first award in advocacy at this level in Scotland that covers all protected characteristics of advocacy. (Mental health, physical disabilities, age, sexual orientation, LBGT, race, religion) We have also achieved SQA accredited centre status.
Eric Carlin Director of SHAAP has been advising the charity and has given it his full support and experience of working in the alcohol and drugs workplace.
The service is at the point of running a pilot to put 10 individuals who are in recovery or work with a rights based approach through the award in the first year. We are also seeking partnership in Scotland so please get in contact for more information.
The award is called REACH Recovery Empowerment Aspiration Choice Hope
It covers all domains of Recovery Capital as outlined below:
Cultural Capital- allows participants the chance to undertake their cultural rights in a working environment and cultural life. Benefits of REACH will be felt by the individual by having an identity that is socially acceptable and by communities by having a contributing member to society.
Social Capital- refers to the networks that one surrounds themselves. In this instance, the undertaking of the REACH Award would facilitate a chance to become involved in a network that is recovery friendly.
Physical Capital- refers to the economic and physical conditions that one lives in. The REACH Award enables individuals the chance to improve these resources by giving participants an SCQF ratified award that is transferrable to the employment and further education sectors.
Human Capital- refers to skills, education and knowledge one has. Undertaking the REACH Award adds to the existing knowledge and skills of each candidate. This would increase individuals esteem and efficacy in this field.
This would offer the individual an opportunity to gain an approved award from the SQA in a safe, relaxed, person-centred atmosphere, with support from people with lived experience. We would envisage the participant to grow in confidence and self esteem, to learn how to engage with their client group and to help the professional worker in the individual’s road to recovery.
It would also be possible for family members and significant others to go through the award to learn more about their rights and to help loved ones, who find themselves in need of advocacy.
The Reach Advocacy Scotland Vision:
To live in communities where people are empowered and have aspiration,
choice and hope.
The Reach Advocacy Scotland Mission:
To support recovery for individuals, families, carers and communities affected by
drug and alcohol use problems through advocacy, training, education, research
Reach Advocacy Scotland Values:
• We believe that all people can recover from problem drug and alcohol use,
achieving their individual and collective aspirations and contributing to
• We believe that everyone has the right to expect support to enable them
• We believe that working collaboratively with people working towards positive
change achieves the best outcomes.
• We believe that encouraging people’s belief in their own potential and value
supports them to build and maintain social networks.
• We believe that working collaboratively with other agencies is essential to
provide holistic support.
• We believe that in all areas of our work we should strive to adapt to individual
and group needs and to challenge all forms of discrimination
Safeguards people who can be treated unfairly of institutional and systematic barriers, as well as prejudice and individual, social and environmental circumstances that make them vulnerable
The Need for Advocacy for Dual Dignosis
Advocacy training that is quality assured and approved to a national standard has been desired in all the research papers on Advocacy. Now REACH Advocacy Scotland have the FIRST Advocacy training that covers all protected charactistics and is Approved by the SQA
SQA Approved centre
We have an SQA Approved centre, remarkable when you think none of the major charities in Scotland have this
AND we are self funded and in recovery.
Scottish Families Affected by Drugs & Alcohol
We were added to SFAD latest newsletter looking for partners.....
Drug & Alcohol Delivery Bulletin
We were fortuante to be in the Scottish Government latest Drug & Alcohol Bulletin looking for partners/ funding
Scottish Recovery Network
We were added to Scottish Recovery Network new website
We have secured funding! The Big Lottery Scotland have awarded us money to start our project Click here
We were fortunate to be in the latest Drug & Alcohol Delivery Bulletin and had a motion raised at Scottish Parliament by Fulton McGregor MSP Click here
Professor James Mitchell from the Academy of Government blog on our
Project and the struggle for funding
We wrote looking for partners/ funding on
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