An independent charity for people with learning disabilities

Photosymbols shoot August 2023

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Photosymbols shoot August 2023 We had a great time doing a photo shoot last month with the lovely people from Photosymbols Panda, Pete, Steve and Joe from Photosymbols   The pictures we helped make will eventually become easy read images that you can download from the Photosymbols website. This helps to make easy read documents […]

We Deserve Better report 28th July 2023

A young black woman reads a document. The caption on the screen says 'A report about people with a learning disability'.

We Deserve Better report This week saw the launch of an important new report ‘We Deserve Better: Ethnic minorities with a learning disability and access to healthcare’. The report was commissioned by the NHS Race and Health Observatory. The work has been undertaken by the University of Central Lancashire, in collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University, […]

New funding from the Lottery!

a woman with brown shoulder-length hair is holding pencils; she smiles at another woman, who is mostly obscured by a person in the foreground

  Thanks to new funding from the Lottery, our women’s and men’s groups will be re-starting! A grant 0f £8354.00 from the National Lottery Community Fund Awards for All programme means that we will be starting up our women’s and men’s groups again. The groups give people with learning disabilities the chance to meet up […]

Learning Disability Week 2023

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Watch our video for Learning Disability Week 2023. Celebrating the creativity of just two of the people who are involved with Lewisham Speaking up. Robert talks about his music and Michael talks about his model making. Both are truly creative and helping bust the myth that people with learning disability can’t create great things! Robert […]

Lewisham People’s Parliament on Employment

Lewisham People's Parliament on Employment

    Read the latest Lewisham People’s Parliament report on the subject of Employment. Lewisham People’s Parliament report on Employment April 2023   We held the People’s Parliament at the Council Chamber in Catford, Lewisham. 39 People with learning disabilities joined the meeting to talk about their experiences of employment. We asked them – What […]

Cycle challenge raises funds for LSU

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  Cycle challenge raises funds Our trustee and Treasurer Sean completed a gruelling 77 mile cycle challenge to raise funds for Lewisham Speaking Up (LSU). Sean took part in the Surrey Hills challenge and so far he has raised over £1500! Sean said “I did the 77 mile course in 6 hrs and 22 minutes. […]

Lewisham People’s Parliament report on the Cost of Living

Read the latest Lewisham People’s Parliament report on the cost of living Lewisham People’s Parliament report on Cost of Living December 2022 Over 50 people joined us for our People’s Parliament to discuss the cost of living on 16th December 2022. We also had a great presentation from Lewisham Foodbank about their work. We talked […]

Free donations with easyfundraising!

Did you know that whenever you buy anything online – from your weekly shop to your annual holiday – you could be raising free donations for Lewisham Speaking Up with easyfundraising? There are over 7,000 brands on board ready to make a donation – including eBay, Argos, John Lewis, ASOS, and M&S – and […]

Positive Voices Conference

Lewisham People’s Parliament – Our time at the Positive Voices Self Advocacy conference in Birmingham   Three members of the Lewisham People’s Parliament presented at the Positive Voices self-advocacy conference in Birmingham. Peter, Sam and Aisha all spoke at the conference which they helped to plan with other self-advocates from around the country.   Aisha […]

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