Making Brighton a connected community for people with learning disabilities.
“If I go in somewhere and I don’t know people sometimes I just walk out. I don’t know what to say, so I go home. I come here and see familiar faces and I feel safe”
Writing your Christmas cards? For the majority of us, reading and writing are part of life but some of us, especially people with learning disabilities struggle with these skills. It can be hard to make sense of the world and with little or no support, many people are in danger of becoming lonely and isolated. Going to new places by yourself can be overwhelming for most people but if you have difficulties understanding information and are afraid of being laughed at, or even worse, it becomes terrifying. A lot of people with learning disabilities just don’t go out.
Brighton and Hove Speak Out believes that people with learning disabilities should not be in that position.
Over our 25-year history we have trained more than 200 volunteers as Citizen Advocates, to work with people for the long term to help them gain in confidence, be involved in society as equals, try new things, feel accepted and get support to deal with ongoing problems.
Being supported by a citizen advocate who is independent, always on your side and makes sure your views are listened to, can be transformative when you have lived a life feeling ignored and dismissed.
Help us continue to improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable in our city. Please support our work.
Donate just £15 today or £1 (or more if you’d like to) for every day of Advent to help us support people with learning disabilities to have their voice heard.