Big Society is all about people making things happen for themselves, which is what self-advocacy and My Life My Choice is all about. The award comes at a perfect time as we plan the launch of our latest campaign called We Will All Benefit which is focused on the huge contribution our members with learning disabilities make to society.
The My Life My Choice AGM is less than a month away and work has begun on making the day more fun than any AGM anywhere else!
Everyone is welcome to join us.
If you’re interested in putting yourself forward for the trustee election please contact us:
Email – email@example.com
Phone – 01865 204214
See pictures of past AGM Events HERE.
At 1.30pm on August 26th our two Champions with learning disabilities completed their journey from John O’Groats to Lands End by reaching the southern tip of England.
The journey for Learning Disability Week 2013 was about three things:
- Raising awareness of the importance of public transport to our community
- Building a collection of case studies and examples of what works when improving the service offered to the learning disabled by transport providers
- Showing the world what incredible things people with learning disabilities can achieve!
First Interview with Kevin and Michael
How do you feel now you have finished your trip?
Michael “I’m exhausted. I’d do it again, but I’d do it more quickly”
Kevin “I’m really happy, and glad that we’ve raised money while we were traveling”
What were your best and worst moments?
Michael “The best was traveling from Manchester to Swansea via Shrewsbury. I used to go that way to school and had forgotten what it was like. The worst was being exhausted after our day in Manchester. I’d done so much! Got up at 5am and done loads of walking, meeting people and being interviewed on LDOK”
Kevin ”The best bit was splitting up the journey to meet all the self-advocacy groups like Glasgow and Swansea. The worst ‘bit’ was the midges at John O’Groats”
What are your thoughts now about using public transport as someone with a learning disability after your trip?
Michael ”It works most of the time, but there is room for improvement. One thing that would improve things would be if there was more training for train staff”
Kevin ” It’s proved that people with learning disabilities can do incredible things. It was good turning up at stations with no assistance booked to see how they sorted things out without a warning”
Richard West (pictured left at our AGM), a My Life My Choice trustee and DJ at our monthly Stingray Night Club has been made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday honours list.
Richard has worked hard for My Life My Choice and a wide range of other organisations to improve the lives of people with learning disabilities. Richard has a learning disability as well as being deaf. My Life My Choice are united in congratulating Richard for this wonderful news, and would like to thank him for all the work he has done with the learning disabled community in Oxfordshire and nationally. Find out more about the work he’s done in this LD Today article.
We’ll definitely be playing a tune for him at tomorrow’s Stingray Night Club
We are Tracey Taylor and Pam Bebbington. We’re both members of the My Life My Choice Banbury group and we are doing a creative course about art and history run by Brookes University called the Bridges. We both went to Coventry Cathedral to do research for the project which was very interesting.
We visited various places within the cathedral, including the remains of the old cathedral which was bombed in 1945, and the new cathedral which was built in 1962. We are then doing art projects connected with this visit, including making stain glass windows and project books. We’re also making miniature Coventry City models of what we saw at the cathedral. The course is running for 10 weeks and is very interesting and fun to do.
Article by Pam Bebbington and Tracey Taylor
For more information about Brookes University’s Bridges project click HERE
With the new year comes a big and important new campaign, our 10 THINGS CAMPAIGN!
Our 10 THINGS CAMPAIGN is all about improving the health of people with learning disabilities. We’ll be committing to doing 10 things in 2013 to improve the health of those with learning disabilities, but we’ll also be encouraging other organisations and groups to sign up too.
One of the things we need to change is the ignorance around learning disability. As part of a training DVD we’re making for Oxfordshire NHS we’re exploring what learning disability is to those with learning disabilities:
Find out more about the 10 THINGS CAMPAIGN here!
The trip was generously supported by First Great Western and allowed Graham Shellard, Kevin Preen and Pam Bebbington to ask questions about some key issues relating to the issues that face the learning disabled community, and find out what the All-Party Group actually does.