My Life My Choice runs 11 monthly self-advocacy groups throughout Oxfordshire for over 150 regular attendees. The groups provide safe but challenging opportunities for people to meet up and be part of their community, as well as learning new skills and having fun.
The groups provide important opportunities members have to share their stories and feel understood by peers.
As a self-advocacy charity, My Life MY Choice prides itself on putting the views of our members first and being entirely user led. This is why our monthly self-advocacy groups are so important to us and the work we do.
Over the years, many members have told us why self-advocacy is important to them. One member said, for instance, that “I feel more confident since coming to the meetings. I love coming and feel safe here”. Another member said “I’ve learnt that I am not alone. A lot of people go through the same thing and there are people I can talk to and turn to.”
This week, to celebrate national advocacy awareness week, we asked some of our members what they like about our self-advocacy groups. This is what they said:
Because they are so important to our members, My Life MY Choice continues to run and expand our self-advocacy groups, and we have recently launched a brand-new group at the Abingdon and Witney College.
You can find out more about all of our self-advocacy groups here!