Speak Easy NOW
Axis Foundation donates to a self-advocacy charity, helping to support an information day for people with learning disabilities and their carers.
Speak Easy NOW is a Worcestershire-based self-advocacy charity run by people with learning disabilities.
Two hundred members speak up about things that are important to them, representing the unheard voices of 2000 people in Worcestershire.
Speak Easy NOW runs an active People’s Parliament which holds public debates on issues that are important to their members. They help other people with learning disabilities to speak up too and their work ensures that the views of young people and people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnicity communities are heard also. In addition, they provide Learning Disability Awareness training to organisations who want to improve their service for customers with learning disabilities.
“I would be surprised if you could find a better organisation to work with in terms of engagement.” Richard Keble, Assistant Adult Services Director, Worcestershire County Council
In May 2019 some members with learning disabilities hosted an information day for people with learning disabilities and family carers to help them prepare for growing older and end of life. The day included advice on how to stay happy and healthy in older adulthood, information about wills, property and the law and signposting and practical tips.
The members of the self-advocacy charity used the donation from the Axis Foundation, alongside other fundraising, to commission some professional filmmakers to create a social media film about the event, about the members own experiences of loss, and the steps they have taken to plan ahead for their own future. The video will be used as a vital communication tool delivering important information on this topic. Speak Easy NOW hopes that it will inspire other families to have open and honest conversations around growing older and end of life.
“The donation from Axis was very important to us because it helped us make the video. It is very important for people with learning disabilities to understand this information and to feel more secure about the future.”
Pat Roberts, Member of People’s Parliament
“The donation from Axis was vital to making our video. Donations like this make a world of difference to self-advocacy charity like ours, and allow us to put our members’ ideas into action.” Holly Yuille, People’s Parliament Co-ordinator
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