Self-advocacy toolkit

Being Heard: a self advocacy toolkit for carers

The Carers Self-Advocacy Toolkit is a group of integrated resources produced by Carers Scotland to help carers get their voices heard.
At its centre is the Being Heard guide, which provides information and suggests techniques to help carers advocate for themselves. It also offers signposts and links to other elements of the Toolkit for carers to access for more information.
The Being Heard guide
The first part of the guide looks at you and ‘the system’ and offers information on the external environment you may find yourself in and the rights that can help you get your voice heard.
The second part looks at skills around communication, assertiveness and negotiation and offers practical advice on getting the best out of interactions with others and how to make a complaint.
The third part takes a look at the ‘inner’ factors that may affect the ability of you to get your voice heard. Issues like difficult emotions, stress and family relationships are explored and ways to cope with these feelings are offered. We also explore how new ways of thinking and greater self awareness may help you to be heard more easily.
You can order a hard copy guide through the Carers UK shop and read the guide on-line on the Carers UK website here