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Self Advocacy is speaking up for yourself and the ultimate goal for all of us! However we recognise that this hard for some people, and Speakeasy has a long tradition of having self advocacy groups for people with a learning disability and autism where group members can support each other and learn self advocacy skills together. Read more about the two groups we currently have in Basingstoke.
The group meets on the first Saturday morning of the month in a community venue. It is open to anyone who is a member of Speakeasy, and for some people it is the only social activity they do on a Saturday. The group is informal and members enjoy catching up on each others news as well as local news and issues. The highlight for most people is when the café opens and they can order lunch or a snack! People tell us coming to the group improves their wellbeing as it gives them an opportunity to build friendships and feel part of their local community. Watch a short film about the group at the bottom of this page or click on this link.
The Friday Network meets every Friday (the clue is the name!) in a community venue. People can attend if the group is part of their commissioned care provision from either Hampshire County Council or the NHS Integrated Care Service. The 4 aims of the group are to develop self advocacy skills, know your rights, be part of the community and friendship. There are currently 25 members who enjoy planning their timetable, doing courses on things like being healthy and staying safe, as well as regular events and guest speakers from local services.
“Being part of the self advocacy groups has really helped me settle into Basingstoke after moving here a year ago.”
“Thanks for confirming [the referral]. To reiterate what I said in my last email, the service provided so far from Speakeasy has been very helpful and much appreciated.”
The weight loss charts the advocate did with me have helped me eat the right foods. It’s made a real difference to my life I have never felt so happy. It’s stopped me going back to the dark place (self harm).”
“Thanks for your quick response. I rang the family to say I had made the referral and they said the advocate was seeing them the next day!”
“I have heard such great things about your Advocacy Safety Net Project from the Social Prescribers, it will be such a shame if it can’t continue”
“Without you I am not sure where I could have gone, or what would have happened”
‘Thank you for all your support with K as I haven’t a clue where to start with finding employment opportunities and helping them become more independent, I am struggling with day to day issues that K presents’.
“Thank you so much for persevering with us, we really appreciate you checking in with us over a period of time. So many other services are quick to ‘close your case’ and you have to chase them up”
“Thank you very much for all your time, effort and support; it has meant a lot and helped me immensely.”
Many thanks for all your help and support with all our patients that we have referred to you and I hope that Speakeasy are able to get hold of some more funds as your services are amazing.’
“I am impressed with how much you have achieved for people living in the Hart & Rushmoor area, I’m surprised what you have done with a small team! Amazing work unpicking the issues that others didn’t understand or have time to explore”