Goodbye to Philippa and Gabriella

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We said a fond goodbye to Philippa and Gabriella on Friday 27th May. They are both leaving Lewisham Speaking Up and moving on to new jobs. We would like to thank them both for their hard work with us over the last few years, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. Philippa helped lots of people as […]

New police recruits trained by LSU

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New recruits at Lewisham, Greenwich and Bexley police have been trained about learning disabilities by the Lewisham Speaking Up Hate Crime Trainers. We taught them about how they can communicate better with people with learning disabilities. We talked about giving victims of crime or people being questioned by the police more time and using easier […]

Newsletter March 2022

Lewisham Speaking Up is still working hard to start in-person groups again following the pandemic.   We really want to re-connect with people we lost touch with, and we want new people to join our groups and get help through our advocacy services.  If you know a person with a learning disability who needs help, […]


By training people to deal with and prevent hate crime against people with learning disabilities, LSU is helping to make society more inclusive. Easy read page Hate Crime Training Our Learning Disability hate crime training teaches people about what hate crime is, how to report it and how to speak up and stop hate crime. […]

What we do – easy read

What we do – easy read We do four types of work: 1-2-1 Advocacy 1-2-1 advocacy is when you have someone to help you with a problem. They can help you understand things and say what you want to happen. Self-Advocacy Self-advocacy is about speaking up for yourself. It is about saying what you want […]

Our Team

The Lewisham Speaking Up team is made up of people with different skills and experiences. Find out more about our brilliant staff below.   Core Staff Will Davies CEO Michelle Burke Money Management Advocate Ilse de Kock Admin & Marketing Officer Gemma Hughes Parents Advocate Winnie Liguori Finance Officer Anne McBride Health Ambassadors Project Worker […]


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Empowering people with learning disabilities We speak up for independence and power for people with learning disabilities. About LSU What we do 1-2-1 Advocacy Get help to speak up about a problem or issue Click Here Self-Advocacy Speaking Up for yourself and your rights Click Here Health Advocacy Speaking Up on learning disability and health […]