Helping people with learning disabilities

Advocacy Service Aberdeen can work with people who have a learning disability and live in the community or if they are detained in hospital.


Many of us find it difficult to get our voice heard and have a say in decisions that affect our lives. Advocacy can help people to have a greater say in those decisions by helping people get information so they can understand their options and make informed decisions. This helps people take more control of their lives. We can help people talk to professionals, we can attend meetings to support someone to have their say or write letters on people’s behalf.

If a person lacks capacity or has profound communication difficulties so they cannot tell an advocate what they want, we would still work with that person. The role of the advocate in these situations is to gather as much information as possible about the person from family, friends and others who know them and then think about enabling the person to have the best outcome possible. This is called Non-Instructed Advocacy


Advocacy Service Aberdeen also can work with people with learning disabilities who are detained in hospital under the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 or who are subject to the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000.

We can:

  • help you understand your rights when being detained,
  • help you contact a solicitor for legal representation
  • help you understand your care & treatment
  • help you participate in your care & treatment