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National Self -Advocacy Convention
Last month our trustees went to Blackpool for the national self-advocacy conference - here is how they got on...
12 March 2019
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From the 26th to the 28th of February the National Self Advocacy Convention was taking place in Blackpool.
Lots of different people from around the country gathered in the city to talk about self-advocacy and how we can help people with learning disabilities have a stronger voice in the future.
Our Trustees, Ben, Gina and Paul went along to meet people, give their opinions and listen to other people.
They traveled to Blackpool independently by train on Tuesday 26th February.
At the convention they were supported by MLMC Trustee Helper Jan Walmsley, who was there if they needed anything, but mostly just let them get on with it.
The three of them attended lots of different workshops and sessions on things such as transforming care, financing self-advocacy, and how to get people out of inpatient units.
Paul and Ben both took part in ‘Advocacy Big Brother’ – discussing what they think self-advocacy means in a big brother style video booth.
They also told lots of people about what we do at My Life My Choice – for example, Paul told the Transforming Care workshop about his role in the transforming care partnership board in Oxford.
To finish the conference off, on the last night there was a gala dinner followed by a disco and karaoke which all of the team enjoyed.
The team all said they met some really interesting people and were keen to work together in the future to build a national self-advocacy movement.
As Paul said “we met loads of amazing people, and it was really good networking, hopefully we will work together in the future”.
Thanks to Pathways, and LDE and everyone else who helped to make this such a great event!
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