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Speak Out Southwark - Thriving Together

Witnessing the groups we had previously visited and provided counsel to share their own experiences and struggles with others, while also extending support to those in need, was truly inspiring.

Jon, Speak Out Leader

Supporting Southwark Council to improve their short breaks service.

What does Speak Out Southwark do?

Speak Out Southwark - Thriving Together is made up of young disabled people, autistic people and people with learning disabilities aged 13+, and their parents and carers. 

They’re supporting Southwark Council to improve evening, weekend and holiday clubs so that they are accessible to more children and young people including those with additional needs.

Thriving Together - Speak, Share, Learn

Would you like to improve the accessibility of your evening, weekend, or holiday club and make it more inclusive for children and young people in your community? 

Our Speak, Share, Learn days in January, February and March included free training sessions on introduction to Makaton, planning accessible activities, positive behaviour support and an autism Q&A session.

They also included tours of Cherry Garden school’s different SEND environments, community networking and peer support from other Southwark young people’s SEND groups, updates on Thriving Speak, Share, Learn project and how you can become involved and benefit from our scheme, including funding for improvements.

Would you like to improve the accessibility of your club and make it more inclusive for children and young people in your community?

Together with our team of young people, carers, and parents, we’re working with Southwark Council to support you to improve the accessibility of evening, weekend, and holiday clubs.

If you’d like to join us and benefit from our scheme, which includes funding for improvements, please email: thrivesouthwark@voiceability.org

Our Speak, Share, Learn days in January, February and March included:

  • training sessions, including: communication support, planning accessible activities, positive behaviour support, and more
  • tour of school’s different SEND environments
  • community networking and peer support from other Southwark young people’s SEND groups
  • update on Thriving Speak Out project and how you can become involved and benefit from our scheme, including funding for improvements

Attendees at the SEND Speak, Share, Learn in Peckham during a Makaton signing training session

Next Speak, Share, Learn:

Friday 7 June, 1pm-5pm

Cherry Garden School, 41 Bellenden Rd, London, SE15 5BB

Agenda

  • 12:30pm: arrivals, lunch, tea, coffee, taking seats, shout outs
  • 1:15pm: welcome, housekeeping and update from VoiceAbility
  • 1:30pm: community conversations - creating an inclusivity toolkit
    - What would you like to know to make your group more inclusive?’
    - What advice would you give to make another group more inclusive?’
  • 2:30pm: break
  • 2:40pm: mental health and inclusivity training and discussion from The Nest
    - What do we mean by mental health?’
    - What are the barriers faced by young disabled people to improve their mental health?’
  • 3:50pm: break
  • 4:00pm: mental health and inclusivity training and discussion from The Nest
    - Responding to case studies
    - How do you support your own wellbeing and your team’s?’
  • 4:50pm: thankyou for coming, shout outs, and further information

If you haven’t already booked your place, please do so below:

Speak, Share, Learn — Book your place here

Future Speak, Share, Learn dates:

  • Monday 22 July, 12:30pm-5pm
    - Training: creating an SEN toolkit Part 1: communication.
    - Conversations theme: how can we collaborate together?
  • Tuesday 24 September, 12:30pm-5pm
    - Training: creating an SEN toolkit part 2: sensory and emotional regulation
    - Conversations theme: what challenges is your organisation facing?
  • Tuesday 26 November, 12:30pm-5pm
    - Training: creating an SEN toolkit part 3: environment
    - Conversations theme: how can we make society more inclusive for young disabled people?

Spring Community Hub with their new SEN equipment purchased through the Thriving Together funding.

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Volunteer with Speak Out Southwark

Speak Out Southwark peer volunteers bring their lived experience of a disability, learning disability and/​or autism to co-produce the Thriving Together project.