Effective voice – advocacy and self advocacy

Examples of rights-based action

We Are Human Too – Campaign Group

We Are Human Too is a campaign group of self-advocates from the North East of England.

In 2019, self-advocates and colleagues from Skills for People, Speaking Up Together at Your Voice Counts, and Sunderland People First came together after they heard about the abuse that happened at Whorlton Hall, in County Durham.

The group have taken various action to try and prevent further abuse happening at Assessment and Treatment Units and in secure hospitals.

Find out more about We Are Human Too here

Becca Cooper – ‘York People First and Me’

Becca Cooper, chair person of York People First talks about her life, self advocacy and what she thinks about the future.

Becca showed this powerful audio/visual piece at the Learning Disability England’s conference ‘Building Change Together – Actions for Good Lives’ in 2023.

Watch the video here

50 Years of Self-advocacy Film – Brighton and Hove Speak Out

To mark 50 years since the first recorded self-advocacy meeting for people with learning disabilities Brighton and Hove made a short film to celebrate this important history.

You can watch the film here

Lewisham People’s Parliament – Lewisham Speaking Up

Lewisham People’s Parliament is a self-advocacy forum that meet four times a year to focus on a particular theme.

People who join the forum have a chance to say what they want and what they want to change. A report is then written and shared after each meeting that captures what has been said.

The reps then take the views and wishes of the Parliament to decision-makers in a bid to create changes that people want.

Find out more about Lewisham People’s Parliament here

Research and evidence in this area

Disclaimer: The examples of action, research and evidence included in this action bank are not endorsed by Learning Disability England but are ways of working that people are proud of and show links to Good Lives. Please contact us if there is anything you feel doesn’t support the Good Lives vision.