Self advocacy, participation and involvement across the Borough. 


Talkback in Reading focuses upon supporting and developing self advocacy, participation and involvement across the Borough.  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 are 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.

The Partnership Board is supported by a Committee (people with a learning disability)and Working Groups which are also co chaired by a person with a learning disability.

Matters Sessions run monthly on issues important to people – Health Matters, Community Matters, Housing Matters, Relationships Matter.  Through the matters session’s people have a stronger voice and are meaningfully involved in ‘matters’ relating to them.

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. Checking Out groups assess Health and Social Care Services and give feedback on where changes could be made. The real goal of this work is to ensure that services and support for people with a learning disability is of the best quality.

Mission Transition is a programme of activity that supports young people through transition into adult life, transition reviews and person centred planning and Youth Participation. We support people to understand what they want out of life and help them to achieve their aims whether that is work, learning and social opportunities and in increasing life skills.

From the Inside Looking Out. In December last year  Dom  and Sue did some FILO training at Wokingham. It went really well ( exhausting) but really good.

They have since replied with this amazing account of what we did.

There were 30 people with learning disabilities at the session and they were supported by 5 supporters. We were there for over 2 hours and as you can see from the minutes we obviously made an impact.


Read the report here