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Speak Up training project

Members of the Speak Up team at Wexham Park - Michael, Chris, Gurpinder and Michelle, along with adult safeguarding nurse Lilly Aliyas

Speak Up is an innovative council training project about learning difficulties, written and presented by a team of local people with learning disabilities.

Originally aimed at helping front line council staff whose knowledge of learning disabilities might be limited, interest has now spread and, after 20 presentations to council colleagues, the team is currently putting on a weekly presentation at Wexham Park Hospital.

The presenters are a team of five or six, with additional contributions from others with more complex needs in two filmed sections which are included in the training. Support for the group is provided by Slough Employ-Ability.

Speak Up was first launched in May 2017 and since then nearly 150 people have received the training. The Wexham Park presentations started in June and so far more than 200 people have received the training, with more sessions planned for 2019.

The comments on the feedback forms are consistently positive with people recognising the training is more valid because the trainers have lived experience of learning disability.

To find out more about the training, or to request the Speak Up group to visit your organisation, please contact Peter Jost from Slough Employ-Ability on 01753 572249.

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