For now, self-advocacy groups are every Monday online using zoom. We are trying really hard to find a new way to meet indoors and we will be back soon!
Stowmarket People Talking Group get involved in projects around Stowmarket & the surrounding areas.
The group is made up several experienced self-advocates, who for many years have spoken up about issues that affect people with learning disabilities.
The group meet to offer peer support to each other, as well as working in small groups or individually on projects that are important to them.
What we are working on
Capturing memories and moments
Hilda and Val have been working a project ,talking about their memories of living in a hospital setting.
The film was made to capture their thoughts of growing older and remembering the past
This film will be shown at the next Suffolk People First meeting.
Greater Anglia Project
Mark, Steven & Jack are looking at ways of improving the accessibility of train stations, with the regional train provider, Greater Anglia. They visited Stowmarket & Needham Market stations, and wrote a report about the accessibility of stations.
Mark is particularly looking from a learning disability & sensory impairment perspective, noting the positive and negative things around signage, steps, quality of information.
Steven & Jack are offering their lived experience of Autism to advise on how stations can improve to be more accessible for people with Autism.
The group intend to expand this work, and travel along the length of the Ipswich to Lowestoft mainline, which includes Westerfield, Woodbridge, Melton, Wickham Market, Saxmundham, Darsham, Halesworth & Beccles.