Who are we? 

Operational Staff

Service Manager: Andrea (Andy) Spence - Jones until 7th of August, 2019

Learning Disabilty Advocate : Maureen Hume

Mental Health Advocate : John Foulis

Self-Directed Support Advocate - vacancy - post to be advertised from August 2019

Please be advised that both the Mental Health Advocate and the Learning Disability Advocate will also advocate in other areas. You are matched to the Advocate who has the most experience or knowledge of your case, rather than by category.

Board of Directors:

Advocacy Orkney is governed by a Board Of Directors all of whom are volunteers. The Advocacy Orkney Baord meet at least quarterly and provide strategic steer to the organisation, ensuring the Charity operates properly and that the service provision meets the needs of the people who require independent advocacy support.


Advocacy Orkney is a Scottish Registered Charity, SC no: 033298 governed by a Board of Directors acting in a voluntary capacity and managed by a paid Service Manager. We are also members of the Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance (SIAA) an organisation that promotes, supports and defends independent advocacy across Scotland (for more information on the SIAA click here).

We have a team of dedicated staff that work together offering a professional advocacy service, particularly to those people who feel either excluded from or marginalised in society.The team is headed by our Service Manager who manages the advocates and volunteers and supervises all operational issues. Advocacy Orkney is committed to improving service delivery in Orkney and does this through the Service Manager who works in partnership with other services to influence the discussion on issues that can affect the people that use our service.

The Mental Health Advocate specialises in independent advocacy for people with mental health problems, acquired brain injuries or dementia. The Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 gives people with a ‘mental disorder’ the right to access independent advocacy. In Orkney, our advocate will work with people who have been referred to us by the Community Mental Health Team, Mental Health Officers,GP's, other professionals and those who self-refer. 


Advocacy Orkney also provide independent advocacy for people with learning disabilities.We have an advocate specifically allocated to people who have a Learning Disability. Once again, people with a learning disability have a right of access to an independent advocacy service.

We can faciliate 'user forums' or relevant groups by providing collective advocacy which gives people the opportunity to raise any issues they have with the services they use.


Please note that although there are defined categories where people have a statutory right to Indpendent Advocacy, your case will be assigned to the Advocate who has the most experience relating to the issues you need our support with.

We also provide generic advocacy support for other members of the community who meet the service criteria. Please contact us should you wish to make a referral.

We also rely on volunteers currently we would like to recruit anyone interested in providing any admin support to the team . We would also like to form a voluntary fundrasing sub- group and if you feel you could help with this we would be delighted to hear from you. We need people who can organise charity events for us such as quizzes, Bingo, coffee-mornings, table-top sales. This is a fabulous way to make a valuable contribution to the service without the demands of day to day advocacy activity that you may feel is not for you. Fundraising though allows us to help even more people towards a brighter future.

Our volunteers are an integral part of the team and dedicated to the provision of independent advocacy in the Orkney community. If you are interested in any of the above volunteer positions please contact the Service Manager on 01856 870111 or email info@advocacyorkney.org and please provide your contact details.

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