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”. Our next Speak Out Day will be announced after the current coronavirus shutdown.

To join a meeting, email speakoutcouncil@voiceability.org or call us on 07867 002124 (mobile) or 01223 555809 (office)

Join a virtual Drop In

Due to the current Corona virus situation, we will not be holding face to face drop ins, but you can still Speak Out.  On all our usual drop in times and dates, we will be live on Facebook and Twitter, checking our Speakoutcouncil,org email, and available on at the end of the phone on 0786 700 2124 on:

  • Thu 19 March 10-12
  • Fri 20 March 11am-12pm
  • Wed 25 March 10.30am-12pm

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.

South Cambs

East Cambs
and Hunts


High Support

Young People Speak up

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.

What should a good social care assessment look like?

The Speak Out Council worked with Cambridgeshire Learning Disability Partnership to produce this video which explains what you should expect from a good social care assessment - and the telltale signs of a bad assessment!

Speak Out Days

Thanks to everyone who helped us speak out about transport issues on 27 February. Our consultation results and other great presentations from Samuel Pepys School, Aurora Meldreth Manor School, FACT Community Transport, Cambridgeshire County Council’s SEND strategy and our leaders are all here.

To join a future Speak Out Day, email speakoutcouncil@voiceability.org or call us on 07867 002124 (mobile) or 01223 555809 (office)

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 (mobile) or 01223 555809 (office)

Place Date and time


March PE15 9LD, Tues 10 March 10am-12pm  

Cambridge Housing Society

82 Russell Street CB2 1HU, Mon 16 March 5-6pm 

Footprints Cafe

Sawston CB22 3BG, Fri 20 March 11am-12pm

Speak Up Spectrum, Red2Green Community Cafe

Bottisham CB25 9DL, Thu 19 March 10-12

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 07867 002124 (mobile) or 01223 555809 (office) or email speakoutcouncil@voiceability.org

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
The Old Granary
Cambridge CB24 3AR
Tel: 07867 002124 (mobile) or 01223 555809 (office)
Email: speakoutcouncil@voiceability.org