My Life My Choice is a self-advocacy organisation. Self-advocacy is about speaking up and having choice and control over your life.
MLMC raises the self-esteem and quality of life for people with learning disabilities by providing volunteering, training, employment and social opportunities for its members. This disadvantaged group face multiple levels of deprivation and the charity works to help its members to combat isolation and to lead more fulfilling lives.
The charity is the only independent, user-led, self-advocacy organisation (all 15 trustees have learning disabilities) of its kind in Oxfordshire. The membership, spread throughout the county, has grown from 320 to over 500 since January 2009.
Vision and mission
Our vision is a world where people with learning disabilities are treated without prejudice, and are able to have choice and control over their own lives.
Our mission is:
- To make sure that there is independent support for people with learning disabilities in Oxfordshire to have their say, claim their rights and to take control of their own lives.
- To make sure that the views of people with learning disabilities are taken seriously by both professionals in the services they use and the wider public.
- To “Power Up” their lives so they can make a positive contribution to society.