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Ingrid Ashberry

We would like to pay tribute to our colleague Ingrid Ashberry, who sadly passed away on Monday 26th September.

 Ingrid will be deeply missed by all, especially staff and service users with whom she worked closely alongside for over 10 years at Speak Out. Ingrid leaves an important legacy as she worked with great skill, compassion and commitment to protecting the rights and improving the lives of people with learning disabilities in the city.


Details for Ingrid's funeral

7th October 2016 at 3 pm

All are welcome to attend the funeral Ingrid Ashberry who died peacefully on the 26th of September 2016.

The funeral will be held at the Extra-Mural Chapel, Lewes road, Brighton, BN2 3QB.

Service will take place at 3.00pm on Friday 7th of October.

If driving please park on the road up to Woodvale Crematorium, Lewes Road.

As the Chapel is small it is reserved for family and close friends, but a speaker will be placed in the chapel gardens for all to hear the service.

You may want to bring something to sit on.

Ingrid requested no black so please wear your most colourful colours in remembrance of Ingrid's vibrant soul and spirit.

(Be prepared for all weather)

Ingrid also asked for no formal flowers to be brought, but wild flowers are welcome.

From 6 pm The Church of Saint Richard, The Crossway, Hollingdean is open to anyone to gather for tea.

Ingrid wanted to have a ceilidh to celebrate her life with dancing, singing, tears and laughter which will start at the Church of Saint Richard at 7pm.

Please feel free to bring a dish and a bottle to share. (if you want the dish back label it with your name and number/address)

If you would like to make any decorations, bunting or donate fairy lights they will be much appreciated, just send a message beforehand for them to be dropped/picked up.

Ingrid’s life was dedicated to helping and caring for others, and she would like us to continue that legacy through donations to Brighton and Hove Speak Out

Please share these details as we welcome everyone to celebrate the life of this incredible woman.

All our love,  xxx

Ingrid’s family

Katie Lord's New Online Art Exhibtion

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

The BHIG group visit the Liberal Democrat Party Conference

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.

Summer Fayre of Awareness

An event highlighting some of the good community work locally and internationally

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.

What's on at the Dome?

Speak Out work with The Dome on an easy read leaflet

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 Drop In

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!

Community Connecting

Yummy food at Days

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 at The People's Festival 2016

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 

Speak Out East

Speak Out East now provides advocacy.

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

London2Brighton Challenge

Well done and thanks to all

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.