MP visits local advocacy service

Martin Whitfield MP has visited Musselburgh-based CAPS Independent Advocacy, which provides individual and collective advocacy for local people who use or have used mental health services.

During the visit, Mr Whitfield found out more about the organisation’s current activity and the support it provides for local people. He also discussed the way his office works together with members of the CAPS team.

Speaking about the vital importance of the CAPS service, Martin Whitfield MP said:

This was my first visit to CAPS Independent Advocacy. It was useful to put faces to names and learn more about the vital work the team does with people who use or have used mental health service and need some extra help and support.

The assistance they provide enables their service users to set their own agenda and have a stronger say on decisions which affect them. This support is of particular importance currently with the introduction of Universal Credit affecting the lives of so many vulnerable people locally.

I know from the regular interaction my office has with members of the CAPS team just how effective they are and what a huge difference they make to the lives of people across East Lothian.”

More information about the work of CAPS Independent Advocacy can be found at http://capsadvocacy.org/