Opportunity to Speak was set up by Peaks and Dales Advocacy as a small group to enable people of all ages to have a say in their community and talk about their lives and wishes for their future.
At the beginning they talked about themselves and their aspirations for the future, they learnt about advocacy and how they could speak up for themselves or find someone to help them to do that.
We have sessions on Self Advocacy, Confidence and self-esteem building, visiting speakers as well as talking as friends in a safe environment.
In the last year the group has made a film, “This is Us”, about their lives and future aspirations, the film was launched at Easter at the Buxton Film Festival and received good reviews. (Not easy for a group that did not have the knowledge or skills to make a film initially).
The group now want to make a workbook to accompany the film and show it in group homes and schools and colleges. After the workbook the group want to make a film about Bullying, something most of them have experienced and we are grateful to Buxton Lions for giving us some money for recording equipment.
We have been told in early September that the premises we have used free of charge are no longer available. If you can suggest anywhere suitable to meet please contact us.
What our members think:
“gives me something to do and meet new people”
“gives me more confidence to say what I want”
“I’m with a group that understand me so I can say what I want to say”
“a chance to come to a new area”
“it’s a chance to learn new skills”
“I’ve learnt about myself and others”
Ann Young and Peter Dawson can be contacted on the phone numbers below or at the email addresses listed. We look forward to hearing from you.
Peter Dawson: firstname.lastname@example.org or via his mobile telephone 07954025005.
Ann Young: email@example.com
or via her mobile 07986242382
With thanks to our sponsors The Bingham Trust.
Peaks & Dales Advocacy is a company limited by guarantee registered number 4772008. Charity No 1108884
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