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Listen Up - Advocacy for people with learning disabilities
 
Listen Up provides two main areas of support - Self Advocacy and One to One Advocacy for people with learning disabilities across Blackpool.
 
What is Self Advocacy?
 
  Self Advocacy helps you...
 
  Speak up for yourself.
  Tell people about your thoughts and feelings.
  Make choices that affect your life.
  Make your voice heard.
  Understand your rights.
 
We run different groups accessed by service users across the Blackpool area. Our largest is the Speak Out Forum which has representatives from all these groups.
 
Speak Out Forum
 
Self Advocates from across Blackpool get together every month and have a say in the planning of services in the Blackpool area, covering issues such as...
  Health.
  Employment.
  Housing.
  Transitions.
  Friendships and relationships.
 
The information provided by the members of the forum help shape services so people can have a better quality of life. The Speak Out Forum also elects two people to sit on the Blackpool Learning Disability Partnership Board, which takes part in planning and accounting for learning disability services in Blackpool. With support from us these representatives are equals on the board.
 
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Blackpool Transition Advocacy Group (B-TAG)
 
Every month young adults with learning disabilities aged 18 and over, who are going through the transition from children's services to adult services, share views and ideas that are important to them.

It also gives an opportunity to provide information relevant for young adults, making the the transition as smooth as possible.
 
One to One Advocacy
 
One to one support is available to adults with learning disabilities providing independent support to people in Blackpool with health and social care issues.

Advocates make sure your voice is heard and your wishes and views are acted upon, working in a way that makes people feel valued, included and in control.
 
Who can access the service?
 
The one to one advocacy service is available to Blackpool residents with a learning disability aged 18 and over who feel they need help with any matters concerning their health (including mental health) and social care needs.

If you want to access the self advocacy service please email admin@empowermentcharity.org.uk with your details and a member of the self advocacy team will get back to you.

If you require further information regarding our service or are unsure if you can make a referral we are happy to help. To speak to a member of the advocacy team please call 0300 323 2100 - select option 2 (local rate call).
 
How do I make a referral to the service?
 
You can make a referral in two easy ways...
  Email - Download and complete our referral form and email it back to admin@empowermentcharity.org.uk
  Telephone - Simply call 0300 323 2100 - select option 2 (local rate call) and ask to make a referral to our Listen Up Advocacy service.
 
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What is the Friendship Club?

The club exists to provide a comfortable and friendly social environment for people with a learning disability.

It meets every Thursday between 11am and 2pm at the Wainwright Club, Hornby Road, Blackpool.

How to find the club »

It is an opportunity to make new friends and try different activites such as games and crafts. The club is free for anybody with a learning disability but you will need to buy your own lunch at the club or you can bring your own.
 
 
How do I get involved?
 
If you or someone you know wants to join the Friendship Club please contact us on 0300 323 2100 (local rate call) or email admin@empowermentcharity.org.uk and we will pass your details onto a member of the Friendship Club team. People who have personal care needs will have to be accompanied by a carer.

We are also looking for volunteers to help us... If you want to make a positive difference to people's lives in Blackpool why not get in touch. To apply simply visit our get involved page and complete the application form.
 
Learning Disability Awareness Week
As part of Learning Disability Awareness Week Empowerment held a photo competition for people with a learning disability in
Blackpool.The competition was based on a theme called 'My Blackpool', what Blackpool means to you. All the entries are
shown in the video below.

 
Useful Links
 
 
  Blackpool Council - Adult Social Services »
  British Institute of Learning Disabilities »
  NHS Choices - What is a learning disability? »
  Disability First »
  Mencap »
 
These services are funded by Blackpool Council
 
Page last updated: October 2014