Jean Evans has been working in the Addiction and Mental Health field since 1999.Whilst undertaking further education. In 1999 Jean gained an HNC in Person Centred Counselling. In 2001 Jean gained her diploma in Person Centred Counselling PDA both obtained as Coatbridge College
2003 when she moved to full time employment as an addictions caseworker with Cranstoun Drug services with HMP Barlinnie.
Jean helped develop the Advocacy Practice Award which was ratified via SQA in 2013.
BSc (Hons) Psychology MBPsS
In recovery from addiction for 18 years, ex heroin and alcohol user, passionate about recovery, with the right support,representation and education anything is possible
Jed has worked especially with youths and adults that are experiencing issues with addiction, mental health, anger, self-harm and suicidal ideation etc., Jed has worked privately and for the NHS and local charities with this client group since graduating from Strathclyde University with a Post-Grad Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling. He has been a board member of Scottish Families affected by drugs (SFAD) and was one of the original board members of the Scottish Recovery Drugs Consortium (SDRC). He has been chairman of REACH Advocacy Scotland since 2010.
PG Dip / MBACP
Diploma in Counselling
Derek has lived with mental health conditions for the majority of his life and continues to learn from living with these conditions. Derek considers his recovery as a process of maintaining wellbeing that continues across the life span. He is a Member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS) and has garnered experience in research as well as counselling and group work practice. His main areas of interest include cultural capital and its influence on the distribution of social, physical and human capital in the recovery process. Emanating from this is the notion of rights and capabilities were, capabilities describe the conditions or the opportunities available for one to exercise their human rights.
It is this notion of capabilities that led Derek and Jean to develop the REACH Accredited Award in Advocacy (available to all). Given the support and opportunity, people pursuing recovery and people interested in recovery would have the chance to undertake this vocational training. One outcome of this would be the availability of advocates to an addiction/recovery population, who have a firm grasp of human rights and the nuances of addiction and recovery. This would give rise to an increase in opportunities for those requiring support in their pursuit of recovery, enabling them to maximise their rights during times of need or crisis through the medium of this accessible opportunity.
Reach Advocacy Scotland
Has developed a package of training and education to support people working towards positive change to achieve the Reach award in Recovery Advocacy. The award has been approved by Scottish Qualifications Authority at SCQF Level 7.
This is the FIRST Award for All protected characteristics in Advocacy in Scotland.
We have had correspondence and meetings with Scottish Government ministers, local MSP's, Government Representatives and the major Drug & Alcohol charities in Scotland, Scottish Recovery Consortium (SRC), Scottish Recovery Network(SRN), Scottish Families Affected by Drugs (SFAD), Scottish Drugs Forum(SDF) Turning Point Scotland, Addaction Scotland and also, Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance (SIAA), Scottish Human Rights Commission (SHRC) and Mental Health Welfare Commission and they all agree that an advocacy award that is approved and quality assured is lacking and that there is a need for it. We believe that our award fits with Scottish National Action Plan (SNAP) and Rights For Life. We believe it would help those dealing with the myriad of complex services that the most vulnerable have to work with.
At the moment we have successfully secured funding from The Big Lottery for our project and are looking for partners to work with, we believe that any organisation that believes in a rights based approach would be interested in what we have developed and our vision we would really appreciate any advice and guidance or promotion to achieve these goals that could and would help so many vulnerable individuals, and families in their recovery.
To live in communities where people are empowered and have aspiration choice and hope
To support recovery for individuals,families,carers and communities affected by drug and alcohol use problems through advocacy,training,education,research and campaigning