Speak Out Council

The Speak Out Council acts as a voice for people in Cambridgeshire with a learning disability or who are on the autistic spectrum.

What does the Speak Out Council do?

  • Acts as a voice for people with a learning disability or who are on the autistic spectrum.
  • Runs consultations and drop ins to give people a say on all sorts of issues, and influence decisions.
  • Talks to professionals and organisations who can make a difference to these issues.
  • Runs Speak Out Council meetings to give service users and professionals and opportunity to talk.

Who can get involved?

We are for anyone in Cambridgeshire who is aged 14 or above, and who has a learning disability, autism or both. You can get involved as much or as little as you like.

How to get involved

Attend a Speak Out Day

Join the Speak Out Council leaders, other people with a learning disability or autism, their carers and family, professionals, referrers and providers to see what we have been doing and how you can get involved have “your say”.

The next Speak Out Day is 6th December at Larkfields Community Centre in Ely, where we will be talking about “Safety in the Community”.

To join a meeting, email speakoutcouncil@voiceability.org or call us on 07867 002124

Come to a Drop In

Scroll down for dates and locations near you.

Keep in touch

To hear news of our latest events:

Our Speak Out Leaders

Speak Out Council is led by six Leaders who are on the autistic spectrum or have a learning disability.

Bill
Jones
Sean
Nightingale
Michelle
Mansfield
Russell
Henke
Neil
Adams
Elspeth
Jones
South Cambs

East Cambs
and Hunts

Fenland

High Support
Needs

Young People Speak up
Spectrum

Our partners

We work closely with the Learning Disability Partnership Board for Cambridgeshire, to make sure what is important to you is at the heart of their work.
We talk to people from the Cambridge County Council, the local Clinical Commissioning Group, sporting organisations, and service providers, including transport and highways.

Speak Out Days

Speak Out Technology Day - 11 September  at FACET

Thank you to everyone who joined the  Speak Out Council leaders, other people with a learning disability or autism, their carers and family, professionals, referrers and providers to see what we have been doing and how to get involved to have “your say”. You can download some of the presentations below.

The next Speak Out day is on 6th December at Larkfields Community Centre in Ely, where we will be talking about “Safety in the Community”.

To join us, email speakoutcouncil@voiceability.org or call us on 0786 700 2124  

Safe Places

The Safe Places scheme currently runs in Huntingdon, Ely, Whittlesey and Sawston, where local businesses and shops offer temporary refuge to vulnerable people in need. We plan to extend the scheme to other areas too. Our project is run in partnership with Cambridgeshire Constabulary, and involves businesses signing up to offer help, and then displaying special stickers in their windows to show they are part of the scheme and a safe place for anyone feeling threatened or anxious.

A person needing help shows their stay safe card to a member of staff who will help them call the emergency contact on the card – or the local police or safeguarding service. The card tells people exactly what to do to help the person. This includes their name, the contact details of the person they need to get in touch with, and what to do if you cannot get hold of them.

Apply for a safe place card
To get a card for yourself or someone you care for, or to offer your business as a Safe Place, please call VoiceAbility on 0786 700 2124 or email speakoutcouncil@voiceability.org

Come to a Drop In

Talk to your local Speak Out Council Leader about any concerns or issues you are facing, including your thoughts on the proposed changes to Cambridgeshire Council’s Adult Social Care charging policy. The consultation will run until Sunday 15 December 2019. (Please note that if you are affected by this you will receive a letter from the Council with a paper survey and a pre-paid envelope enclosed for a reply. And if you are supported by the Learning Disability Partnership this will include an Easy Read letter and survey.)  On the dates marked below * we will be joined by someone from Cambridgeshire County Council who can answer your questions about the consultation.  They will not be able to do benefits calculations for you but can put you in touch with someone who can.

To share your thoughts or find out more join us or get in touch at  speakoutcouncil@voiceability.org or call us on 07867 002124

Tues 15 Oct 11am-12pm Footprints, Sawston

Thurs 17 Oct 12-2pm Speak Up Spectrum drop in – Red2Green community café Bottisham

Mon 21 Oct 5-6pm Russell Street, Cambridge*

Fri 25 Oct 10am-12pm Larkfields Ely *

Mon 4 Nov 12-1pm Dreamers Bar, Huntingdon *

Wed 13 Nov 10am-12pm Eddies, March *

Mon 18 Nov 5-6pm Russell St Cambridge

Tues 19 Nov 11am-12pm Footprints Sawston

Wed 20 Nov 12-2pm Speak Up Spectrum drop in: The Chitra Sethia Autism, Fulbourn. 

Wed 27 Nov  10.30am-12pm High Support Needs group  Meldreth Manor*

Russell's Story

Read Russell's story

Read about Russell's work

For more information about the Speak Out Council, please contact:

Julia Rutherford, Speak Out Council Co-ordinator
VoiceAbility
The Old Granary
Westwick
Oakington
Cambridge CB24 3AR
Tel: 01223 555863
Email: speakoutcouncil@voiceability.org