A gift in your will

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Even in a city like Brighton and Hove, which prides itself on its openness to difference, people with learning disabilities can often get a raw deal.

Brighton & Hove Speak Out was founded in 1994, with just one part-time staff member, to address precisely this. Since then we’ve worked alongside hundreds of people with learning disabilities to enable them to find their own voice and way through life. Now with 12 staff and a team of 20 volunteers, we provide advocacy services across the city, helping around 400 people a year. We have concrete plans to reach even more people over the coming years. 

The need for our work is ever-growing: the help of people like you is ever more urgent. 

Will Davies 

CEO, Brighton & Hove Speak Out. 


Why leave us a gift in your Will?

Put simply, we are urgently needed. People with learning disabilities face being under-valued, judged and bullied; they can feel very isolated and face barriers to participating in community life. Their access to proper healthcare and mental health support can be severely restricted. It’s just not good enough. 

We’re taking on this situation by helping people with learning disabilities both to speak out about the things that are important to them, and support them to find solutions to the problems they face. 

As a charity we rely on donations from people like you and a gift in your Will would help us enormously. For instance, we urgently need to expand the reach of our advocacy work further across the city and increase the number of people we support. 

With your help we provide individual short and long term advocacy, group work, and drop-in sessions and can reach many more people who will need us in the future. Our drop in sessions encourage a sense of community where people with learning disabilities meet and support each other. There are opportunities to run many more of these and help connect isolated people. 

Remembering us in your

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Of course, making provision for your loved ones in your Will comes first. But after them, please consider leaving Brighton & Hove Speak Out a gift.

Three ways exist to remember us:

1. A lump sum, called a pecuniary legacy

2. A residuary legacy – the remainder of your estate after all the other gifts and any debts have been subtracted

3. Finally, you might want to leave a specific item to us

Then there’s the Will itself. If you’re drawing up a Will for the first time, you can include a gift  to Brighton & Hove Speak Out in it – and to amend an existing Will you can add a codicil, a straightforward form. 

Writing your Will

 Your local solicitor will be glad to help you with your arrangements in person and can explain, simply, all the details. If you feel more comfortable online, try www.freewills.co.uk.  

 If you do decide to leave a gift in your Will to us you’ll need to please include our address and charity number: 

Brighton & Hove Speak Out: The Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton BN1 1YD 

Registered Charity Number: 1076995 

Get in touch with us

If you’re interested in leaving a gift in your Will, you might like to speak to us directly. Please contact Emily Barratt:

  Email: [email protected]

 Telephone: 01273 421921