An independent charity for people with learning disabilities

Work with us

There a lots of ways you can work with Lewisham Speaking Up, including paid employment and volunteering opportunities. 

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Paid Work

Any roles working with Lewisham Speaking Up will be advertised below.

Self-Advocacy Coordinator

We currently do not have any vacancies.

If you are committed to supporting the rights of people with learning disabilities, then we have a role for you!

The Self-Advocacy Coordinator role is funded by City Bridge Foundation and is a permanent part-time position (4 days a week) until April 2026, with the possibility of an extension, pending further funding. 

The main aim of the role is the development and promotion of our self-advocacy groups and services, including directly delivering the Lewisham People’s Parliament and associated campaign and lobbying work.

We welcome applications from anyone who has experience working with adults with learning disability. We ascribe to equality and diversity in practice and all applications will be considered, regardless of background.

For further details and application, please go to Charity Job. If you have any further questions, please call on 020 8692 1862 or email

Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteers are highly valued at Lewisham Speaking Up and we welcome people wishing to give up their time to be involved in the work we do.

Being open minded, reliable, friendly and enthusiastic is more important than having lots of experience. If you are interested in volunteering, please look at the opportunities below.

All volunteers are given training and support and get travel expenses paid. You will need to complete a volunteer application form.

We will need two references and for you to either have an up-to-date DBS or be DBS checked, which is free for volunteers.

Please note that as part of your volunteering experience we will be collecting your personal data.

Only data necessary to fulfil your role as volunteer will be collected and stored securely to be compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

We have several opportunities for volunteers, including as trustees of Lewisham Speaking Up – please see below for more information and contact us at or call 020 8692 1862 if you are interested.

Volunteer 1-2-1 Advocate

A 1-2-1 Advocate helps a person with a learning disability to speak up and be heard. The Advocate will take their side and support them to make their views and wishes know.
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Volunteer Self-Advocacy Group Supporter

Self Advocacy is when a person speaks up for themselves or as a group. Lewisham Speaking Up provides opportunities for people with learning disabilities to have their say in large and smaller groups.

Volunteers can help us prepare for the groups, help with the general running of the groups and help to make sure everyone has their say in a group.


We are looking for committed new trustees who can work supportively alongside trustees with learning disabilities. We seek people with strategic vision, independent judgement, ability to think creatively and who are willing to speak up. Most importantly, we seek people with the ability to listen to our beneficiaries.

Ideally, the new trustees will also have skills and experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Charity governance and regulation
  • Charity fundraising
  • Finance/accounting, particularly in the voluntary & community sector
  • Social networking or marketing
  • Legal

To apply please phone 020 8692 1862 or email

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