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Spring Newsletter

Read our latest News Dear Friends and Supporters, Hello and welcome to our latest newsletter. Spring is in the air and we are pleased to announce some new growth at Lewisham Speaking Up! First, we welcome Ellie Spirrett to the team as our new Self-Advocacy Coordinator. Ellie will be taking over lots of our self-advocacy […]

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 […]

Winter Newsletter

Read our latest News Dear Friends and Supporters, I’m writing this not long after our AGM, where we looked back at an eventful year. I used a picture of a roller coaster to illustrate the last 18 months or so, and there certainly have been plenty of ups and downs! A well-attended AGM Some of […]

Give where it matters this season!

We all want to be heard don’t we? Giving generously to our advocacy service this Christmas season, will help a neglected section of society to feel heard and cared for. Support Lewisham Speaking Up now by donating via Crowdfunder. Ways to donate 1. Be part of our Crowdfunding appeal. 2. Set up a one-off, or […]

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 […]

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 […]

Summer Newsletter

Dear Friends and Supporters, I’m writing this during Learning Disability Week 2023 and thinking about the theme this year, which is ‘myth busting’. I’m lucky to work closely with some amazing people with learning disabilities who are great self-advocates, artists, workers, parents and much more. We spend a lot of time fighting for the rights […]

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