Advocacy has been in Perth & Kinross since 1995, temporarily as part of a small managed project under the umbrella of another voluntary organisation, employing one Co-ordinator supporting around 16 active volunteers. The organisation became fully independent as a Company Limited by Guarantee in March 2003 gaining charitable status in January 2004.
Since becoming independent, the organisation has grown considerably over the years, mainly as a result of the recommendations made by the Scottish Government and legislation, such as the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003.
We have 10 office based staff, both full and part time. These include 6 professional Independent Advocates, 1 Senior Advocate, 2 Students, one Development Officer, one Office Manager, and an Executive Director. Currently we have approximately 15 advocacy volunteers (Home Based Advocates) who provide support to advocacy partners. Regular induction training is run throughout the year and on-going support and training is prioritised, including ad-hoc training on a regular basis (see our volunteering page for more information).
The Board of Directors ensure that the organisation has a clear set of goals and strategy, and that IAPK maintains its vision, values and mission whilst working to achieve these goals. The Directors are also responsible for the legal and financial obligations required by regulators.
The Board meets bi-monthly and members include people with advocacy experience, as well as people with business, financial, public sector and third sector backgrounds.
IAPK is a member of The Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance.