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Sheffield Voices

Who we are

We are a group of people with a learning disability who meet at the Circle on Rockingham Lane. We are a self-advocacy group. We meet once a week to talk about what matters in our lives.

The Sheffield Voices group is led by people with a learning disability themselves.

We are a group of people who are committed to learning how to get better at self-advocacy and give other people a chance to get involved. We want to look forward to a time when we don’t have jargon for describing an activity that most people take for granted.

Getting involved with the Sheffield Voices group

If you are interested in knowing more about us, want to learn about advocacy or you have some skills that you want to share, please get in touch with us:

Disability Sheffield: 0114 2536750

We meet every Thursday at 10.00 to 12.00 at The Circle, 33 Rockingham Lane, Sheffield, S1 4FW please contact us for a form if you are interested in joining. Please bring a packed lunch with you. Tea and coffee provided.

What we did this month

We have been continuing our work on Hate Crime this month.

We have also been working on great designs for our 2017 Christmas cards and some ideas for T-shirts.

Coming soon

This week, 17th to 21st October, 2017: Sheffield Places hosts Hate Crime Awareness week at the Moor Market (next to the information desk). See downloads for more information. Sheffield Voices will be there on Thursday 19th and Saturday 21st from 10am. Come along and see what we have been doing to raise awareness of hate crime and explore the feelings and emotions that affect our experiences.

Thursday, 7th December, 2017: Join us at the Virgin Lounge, Orchard Square, 66 Fargate, Sheffield for a fun-filled morning and the opportunity to talk about the things that matter to you. Refreshments available. See map

What is self-advocacy?

Being able to support and speak up for people in a friendly way. Having your say and getting your voice heard. Having choices, having control in your lives. Being listened to.

Aims for Our Group:

• Encourage people to join in
• Learn New Skills, open our eyes to new things
• Keep information simple
• Support each other to solve problems
• We have social activities and go out for meals
• We swing through the highs and low of what is good and bad in our lives
• Learn about our rights
• Make our views known to people like the Council, Sheffield Health, managers of services
• Promote Advocacy

Things that the group have done

• Arts and Crafts
• Social events
• Welfare Changes ( Benefits )
• Lobbying ( had meeting with Nick Clegg )
• Host Hate Crime Awareness at conferences

Talks and discussions on….

• Access to the Countryside
• Crime and Punishment
• Jobs and Voluntary Work
• Choosing where and how to live
• Healthy Eating
• Health Care
• Housing Plan
• Bullying and Hate Crime
• Transport
• Family and Relationships
• Being Safe Out and About
• First Aid

History of Sheffield Voices

Sheffield Voices started in 1997 and at that time was called SUFA.

The first steering group met at Voluntary Action Sheffield with the idea of starting a self-advocacy group for people with a learning disability and independent of Social Services and Sheffield Health.

We went round to various groups to see what people wanted, then got funding for a support worker. After that we joined with Sheffield Citizen Advocacy (SCA).

1999 Our Vision, Our Future –came to Sheffield about being a self-advocacy group.
1999 – a development worker was recruited.

Our contract ran until 2010 with Sheffield Council, when we decided not to go through the tendering process. Since then we have formed our own self advocacy group under the umbrella of Disability Sheffield.

Our Hopes for the Future:

To reach out to more people with a learning disability to get more members.

To work with other organisations to make sure the voices of people with learning disabilities are heard.

Develop our plans to go for funding.

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Very good presentation, brave of the speakers to tell their stories and had a very high impact - feedback from Mate/Hate Crime presentation and video session at Safeguarding Working Together Conference
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Disability Sheffield is a forward-thinking, energetic organisation doing a lot of positive work in Sheffield. I have no doubt they will continue to do so for a long time to come.
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A fantastic presentation thought provoking and good questions from the floor around promoting this film/message to the general public not just professionals.
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When I moved to Sheffield nearly five years ago it was my "go to" organisation. I expect it to stay that way. All the staff and volunteers seem to pull out little gems of effort that disabled people like me couldn't do without. Professionally and personally - I love em :)
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