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Katie is one of the people who comes to Speak Out. She is a member of the BHIG Group and attends the Drop In regularly. We recently helped Katie set up her own art gallery on the Outside In website which is a project for people who find the art world inaccessible. Have a look at Katies work here
This week has seen The Liberal Democrat autumn conference visit Brighton and Hove. The BHIG group always want to find out about what the different political Partices stand for and were invited to some of the fringe events as the guests of the local Party. Michael Wilbur and Paul Chandler from Brighton and Hove Liberal Democrats met the group and accompanied them to meetings on issues like 'The Women's Agenda post Brexit', International Development Post Brexit' and 'Progessive Alliances'. Other speakers also included local MPs from the Green Party and Labour Party: Caroline Lucas and Peter Kyle. Eveyone was then treated to high tea at the Hilton Metropole Hotel. It was a great weekend, we very much enjoyed thinking about and discussing some of these issues. We want to thank Michael and Paul very much for your time and hospitality.
On the 4th September, members of The Learning Disability Voices Network attended a really great new event hosted and organised by Jimmy Thomson. The aim of the day was for people to share and learn news about local and international community projects. It was a great day, Chloe and Rohan spoke to the audience about some of the work we do and the issues faced by people with learning disabilities. We met some people from other brilliant projects like The Rotary Club of Brighton, Baggs Raggs, Beating Bowel Cancer, Raleigh International, Fairshare and Stay Up Late. There were some other interesting speaches and some great music. Food was provided for a small donation by The Real Junk Food Project and was delicious, as was the cake we bought from the Cake Bake stall. We can't wait for next year.
Speak Out have been working with Dome on easy read information and good support for people with learning disabilities. Here are some of their shows in September, some are free or low cost or carer goes free.
Download Easy Read Leaflet here.
The Speak Out Drop In runs on Tuesdays; 1.30-4.30 and Fridays; 11.30-2.30. You are welcome to pop in for a cupper and a chat and if you need some advocacy support, we have advocates on hand for immediate appointments. No need to book in advance, just drop in!
On the 18th July we had a fabulous meal at Days Restaurant. We filled our tummies until we could eat no more. Delicious. We think people will go again.
The BHIG group spent the day at The People's Festival on Hove Lawns on Sunday. What a great day we had talking to people and telling them about what we do. The BHIG Group (Being Heard in Government) meet regularly to learn about democracy and get more involved. We spoke to lots of people on Sunday and asked them to think about people with learning disabilities when they hear things about the impact of cuts to benefits and local services. If you want to keep in touch with what the BHIG group do, follow them on Twitter or Facebook or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Speakout East in Kemptown is a great place to meet people, hang out and try new things.
You can also get one to one advocacy for any issues you need support with
We meet every Thursday at St George’s Church cafe Kemptown from 11am until 1pm
A bit late, but congratulations and many thanks for all of those brave people who took part in the London2Brighton Challenge. Rose Atherton, Mandy Burneat, Jo Carden, Emma, Lopez, Ben Ranger (Sorry Ben, we have no photo of you!) and Dawn Thorpe. The weather was scorching and we sadly lost Rose at about 40k due to heat exhaustion, she battled on for 13k but had to pull out to receive medical attention. We lost Mandy at 77k due to severe blisters and shin splints, she too battled for at least 20k, determined to finish but once again had to retire for medical help. Everyone else crossed the finish line in good health. Well done to all. Thanks and remember, if you or anyone you know would like to do this challenge for us next year, get in touch.