Campaigning is standing up for your rights and telling people what you are unhappy about.
Advice is helping you with your welfare benefits issues or signposting you to the right person who can advocate for you. Advice is also when we help you fill out application forms.
Our C&A group meets once a month at Hounslow House. We have 18 members & are looking for new people to join us. If you have a learning disability or autism and would like to help us, then get in touch!
We have been doing lots of things:
Every year, we do something with our members for National Hate Crime Awareness Week.
We have carried out workshops with the learning disability community to raise awareness of what is a hate crime, mate crime and where to report it.
We work closely with the Hate Crime Advocate of Hounslow Council and the West London Equality Centre (WLEC) also take referrals from our members on hate crime related issues.
Campaigns & Advice are represented on a number of groups and committees. Our 18 members represent 800+ Speak Out members and also the wider learning disability community.
We are on Hounslow Learning Disabilities and Autism Partnership Board. One of our members is co-chair. Members also attend the Disability Community Forum (DCF) at Hounslow House.
We are also members of the TfL Valuing People Big Day Network (Big Bus Day). TfL consults with our members and others from all London Boroughs.
Members have volunteered for important mystery shops, such as the GP surgeries, Dentists, Hounslow Council’s services, care agencies and many more.
These mystery shops are important as they inform services on how well they are doing, or ways to improve services for the learning disability community.
If you would like to be involved, please join us!
Members have been involved in key consultations, such as the LIFE Project, Health Care Services, TfL services (Healthwatch Hounslow) and most recently for freedom passes from Harrow Mencap.
The views of our members are very important in shaping the future of services for the learning disability community. If you want to contribute to consultations, please let us know!
Our members have been on interview panels for high profile jobs with the Hounslow CCG. They have helped recruit Doctors, Nurses, Psychologists and Behaviour Support Practitioners.
Every month there is an Advice Shop in the Hounslow Arts Centre. You can get help with application forms or with benefit related queries. We also signpost you to advocates that can help you with certain things. Have a look at the newsletter for details of when to drop in.
We are on the Community Policing Consultative Group (CPCG). Earlier this year they awarded us £500 towards the presenting of a Hate Crime play. This was performed by some of our members at The Waterman's Theatre, Brentford.