Self advocacy, participation and involvement groups across Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes

Talkback in Milton Keynes focuses upon supporting and developing self advocacy, participation and involvement groups across Milton Keynes.  These groups empower people to raise issues and concerns about their lives, their services or their communities.

These groups are vital in bringing about change for people themselves and for their peers. They are instrumental in developing people’s abilities, their confidence and sense of value.

The groups work in a variety of creative and innovative ways to;

And to access information and understanding with regard to services and community support

Many of the people we work with are living with additional challenges to their learning disability: autism, profound physical and communication needs, mental health conditions.  The Talkback team is skilled and experienced in working with all groups of people to support them in enhancing their quality of life.

Talkbacks way of working supports participation and involvement enabling people to speak up and to achieve change for themselves and others.

We deliver a range of programmes, all underpinned by supporting people to find and use their own voice and through training and courses achieve greater independence.

We provide solution focussed environments within different settings – Day Services, homes, community, college, schools. We go to wherever people are.

The groups focus upon issues and situations that are important to them at the time as well as their critical role in the Learning Disability Partnership Board in working with the Board to challenge and to develop services and support and to make positive change that responds to their real needs.

Through Talkback people with a learning disability co chair the Partnership Board and its Sub Groups making sure that people are at the centre of decisions and direction of services and support.

Talkback has a key role in the Milton Keynes Autism Partnership Board and inmeeting with people on the autistic spectrum whose views then feed in to the Partnership Board to shape positive change for individuals and their families.

Teach to Reach trains people to become Trainers, Researchers and Consultants. All of the work is led or co-led by people with a learning disability.

An extension of this work is in supporting, coaching and training people to become Quality Checkers.  This involves assessing community businesses for ‘Learning Disability friendliness’ and accessibility called Learning Disability Approved .

Talkback leads training courses on Social and Personal Relationships, Keeping Safe, Emotional Wellbeing .  All courses are bespoke and tailored to the needs of the individuals participating.

 

Talkback’s Relationships Course, in partnership with MK Community Foundation.

Talkback was recently awarded funding to run 3 Relationships Courses in MK.

Relationships are a central part of all of our lives and it is not surprising that the subject comes up frequently in our self-advocacy groups. The ability to make and maintain healthy relationships becomes even more important if increasing choice and independence is not going to lead to vulnerability and social isolation.

Many of our group members talk about their boyfriend or girlfriend, but may not actually see that person outside of the day services that they both attend. Others talk about marriage without having a clear idea of what it means, and in the face of opposition from one or both families.

This course provided a safe and comfortable space for group members to learn and share in a frank and open way.

The course content is flexible enough that we could facilitate a future group specifically for couples if this is needed.

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