BRIGHTON & HOVE SPEAK OUT supports adults with learning disabilities to speak up and be heard about things that matter to them. It is an independent charity providing a range of advocacy to support people to gain independence, choice, rights and be included and valued in the community.
Speak Out currently have spaces available in a number of our Speak Out groups for people with learning disabilities/difficulties: All groups run fortnightly and are for adults 18+ unless otherwise stipulated (e.g. The young Persons group)
2-4: The Being Heard In Government Group or The BHIG Group. A group for people who want to get involved in local and national issues and making sure these issues are considered by local and national government. We have been involved in the budget setting process, visited parliament and are currently working to make sure people with learning disabilities are supported to register to vote and have the information they need to take part in the upcoming elections.
2 – 4 pm: Young People’s Self Advocacy Group or The Power group. For people aged 16 – 25 who self identify as having a learning difficulty. This is a group where young people can talk freely without parents and support staff. People must be happy to be in a group without staff/carer support. The aim of the group is to support young people to speak up for themselves, to gain more confidence get signposted to further information and to make links with other young people. This group is run in partnership with Amaze and is linked to the compass card initiative. The group will sometimes consult and feedback into this project.
1 – 3pm: Self Advocacy Group – Safe place for people to talk about issues important to them, have a say in local services, connect with other people and hopefully enjoy themselves.
10.30 – 12.30: The Training Group – For people interested in raising awareness about the needs of people with learning disabilities to external services. members of the training group have been involved in training staff groups in other services. Members of the training group promote the Thumbs Up and Safe Places schemes.
We have the ongoing Drop In on Tuesdays 1.30 – 4.30 and Fridays 11.30 – 2.30 where people can get on the spot 1:1 advocacy support, access information, be signposted to or referred to other services or socialise with other people.
Please contact either Dawn Thorpe or Ingrid Ashberry on 01273 421 921 for more information or to book a place