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Read our new Lewisham People’s Parliament report May 2024

Read our new Lewisham People’s Parliament report on mental health In December 2023 we held a Lewisham People’s Parliament on the subject of mental health. You can read the report by clicking the picture below: This is the third time we have held a People’s Parliament on mental health. We find that people with learning […]

Read our latest People’s Parliament report! (January 2024)

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Read our latest People’s Parliament report!   In October 2023 we met to talk about race inequality. You can now read our latest People’s Parliament report. Lewisham People’s Parliament report on Race Equality October 2023   This was the first time we had a discussion about race inequality with a wider group of people with […]

New Easy Read guide to scams January 2024

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New Easy Read guide to scams Lewisham Speaking Up has worked with Lewisham Safeguarding Adults Board to make a new easy read guide to scams. You can read the guide by clicking the picture above. The booklet is an easy read guide to common scams. It tells you what scams to look out for what […]

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

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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!

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  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 […]

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