An independent charity for people with learning disabilities

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

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!

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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 […]

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. […]

Spring Newsletter

Dear Friends and Supporters, Welcome to our first newsletter of 2023. I’d like to say hello as the new Director for Lewisham Speaking Up, although I hope most people know me, as I have been around for 7 years now! This has been a challenging time for us, as we have lost some of our […]

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