Firstly, I will continue to speak out about whatever I believe needs to be said, whether it is about CN or anything else. The threat of "legal redress" will not silence me.
Secondly, I maintain that
I have done nothing to "bring" CN into "disrepute". If an organisation
uses bullying tactics and threatening letters then this demonstrates,
in my opinion, disreputable practice.
Thirdly, my offer of
volunteering was with the Fife advocacy project which just happens at
present to be managed by CN based in Warwickshire, England. I have no
desire to volunteer with CN in England but I do want to help the Fife
advocates and to support Fife people who are in psychiatric settings and
want to speak out.
Fourthly, there is no
conflict of interest in my desire to help with advocacy work in Fife but
there is a conflict of interest in a service provider organisation
trying to provide independent advocacy, even if from another country.
Finally, although I don't
have a good opinion of CN, based on previous experience of trying to
engage with them, I do have a good opinion of the Fife advocates who
have been working over the last 4 years in very difficult
circumstances. A high turnover of staff. Low morale. Continual system
changes implemented by CN in England without consultation. Issues
around pay scales and modes of travel. Various other pressures.
I am entitled to my
opinion. People can choose whether to believe my version of the story
I am not forcing my views on to anyone else. I am not threatening legal action on unpaid carers. I refuse to be intimidated.