Photosymbols – behind the scenes!

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Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes when Photosymbols create their easy read images? Self-advocates at Lewisham Speaking Up found out exactly what happens when we arranged a photo shoot with Joe and his colleague from the Photosymbols team earlier this year. It starts early as there is a lot of setting […]

Goodbye to the Friday Music Club!

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On Friday 1st July, we held our last ever zoom Friday Music Club. It was a joyful occasion, tinged with a bit of sadness. We started the group as part of our response to the Covid pandemic in November 2020, thinking it would only last for a few weeks. But it was so popular, we […]

Lewisham People’s Parliament report on ‘Scams’

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Read our latest People’s Parliament report on ‘Scams’ Lewisham People’s Parliament report on Scams April 2022 The Lewisham People’s Parliament The People’s Parliament is here to represent the views of people with learning disabilities who live in Lewisham. It is a project run by Lewisham Speaking Up and it is funded by the Big Lottery […]

Learning Disability Awareness week 2022

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Learning Disability Awareness week 2022 Monday 20th June – Friday 24th June Join us for a week of activities in Learning Disability Awareness Week 2022! Learning Disability Week is about telling people what life is like with a learning disability. This year, we want to show how people with a learning disability are reconnecting with […]

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 […]

Blue Badge Success!

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Blue badge success for Lisa! Lewisham Speaking Up’s Community Advocacy service has helped Lisa to get her new blue badge from the Council. Lisa’s dad had applied to Lewisham Council four times for the blue badge after it was cancelled. Each time they said he had not filled in the form correctly and he had […]

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 […]

Helping people with learning disabilities speak up on climate

As a result of our recent People’s Parliament report on the Environment, we were asked to write a blog. We wrote about how we involved people with learning disabilities in what can be a difficult subject to understand. Lewisham Council’s Climate Resilience manager put us in touch with environmental charity Ashden. This is what they […]

Meet the new Health Ambassadors!

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Lewisham Speaking Up is pleased to be part of a new South East London Health Ambassadors programme, which aims to address the health inequalities faced by people with learning disabilities. We are working together with our partners Advocacy in Greenwich and Advocacy for All to deliver the programme across the South East London area. The […]