An independent charity for people with learning disabilities

Autumn Newsletter

Read our latest news update Dear Friends and Supporters, Hello and welcome to our latest newsletter. By the time you are reading this, we will have returned from the Positive Voices self-advocacy conference in Birmingham. This is the second year we have been involved in planning and being part of this new conference, organised and […]

LSU Newsletter June 2022

Dear friends and supporters, Welcome to our latest Lewisham Speaking Up newsletter. I hope you are enjoying the longer days and the sunshine. At LSU we are very worried about people with learning disabilities managing as the cost of living goes up. We hope to run some groups on this soon. If you are or […]

Goodbye to Philippa and Gabriella

A group of people sit around a table. They are celebrating and raising drinks in a toast

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

A female police officer using her radio. A male police officer is standing behind her.

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, […]


*This service is currently unavailable, but we hope to offer it again in the future. 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 […]

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 Marsh Stitchman Director Michelle Burke Money Management Advocate Jan Degale Community 1-2-1 Advocate Ilse de Kock Office Manager Winnie Liguori Finance Officer Ellie Spirrett Self-Advocacy Coordinator Sessional Staff Abi […]

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