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 […]

People’s Day Success

We had a very successful day at the annual People’s Day at Mountsfield Park on 16 July 2022 as part of the Lewisham Borough of Culture 2022 celebration. It was a hot day and so a huge thanks to all who popped in to say hello and to catch up with our services for people […]

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 […]

LSU Newsletter June 2022

Dear friends and supporters, Welcome to our latest Lewisham Speaking Up newsletter. I hope you are enjoying the longer days and the sunshine. At LSU we are very worried about people with learning disabilities managing as the cost of living goes up. We hope to run some groups on this soon. If you are or […]

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 […]

Newsletter March 2022

Lewisham Speaking Up is still working hard to start in-person groups again following the pandemic.   We really want to re-connect with people we lost touch with, and we want new people to join our groups and get help through our advocacy services.  If you know a person with a learning disability who needs help, […]