Speak Out celebrates 3rd anniversary

Published: 27 September 2017

September was a month to celebrate as the Speak Out forum for adults with learning disabilities turned three.

This month’s meeting saw Speak Out members meet for cake as they celebrated their time together.

The Speak Out forum provides opportunities for people to meet, discuss key issues that affect their daily lives and to identify opportunities for learning new skills.

Over the past three years Speak Out has championed a Support Worker Agreement which has been signed up to by all supported living providers in Slough. Forum members have chosen to learn about healthy eating, first aid, managing money and how to vote.

During this time the forum has also met with the Chair of the Safeguarding Adults Board to put forward their views on safeguarding.

Councillor Sabia Hussain, cabinet member for health and social care, said: “The Speak Out forum provides a wonderful opportunity for adults with learning disabilities living in the borough to meet on a regular basis to make new friends, learn new skills and have their say on issues that matter most to them.

“It’s been a fantastic and successful three years and I wish Speak Out a very happy anniversary and wish them many more in the years to follow.”

Speak Out is a forum for adults with learning disabilities living in Slough, facilitated by Slough Borough Council and Advocacy in Slough, led by Surrey Disabled People’s Partnership (SDPP), together with Matrix and Deaf Positives.

The group meets on the second Tuesday of every month, 1-3pm in the community room at Tesco Extra, Wellington Road Slough.

Anyone living in Slough with a learning disability is welcome and you can bring your support worker or carer with you if you need support.

If you are interested in joining the Speak Out forum, or would like to find out more, please contact Beth Reed, community development & partnership officer at Slough Borough Council on 01753 875538 or beth.reed@slough.gov.uk

Visit the Speak Out Facebook page to learn more about the group’s activities: https://www.facebook.com/SpeakOutSlough