MORE than 100 people with learning disabilities from across the South West and London will be gathering in Bristol on June 15 for a special conference aimed at tackling personal safety and disability.
Staged by Brandon Trust, the purpose of the annual ‘100 Voices’ conference at the BAWA Centre in Filton is to provide an opportunity for people supported by the Bristol-based UK charity to express their views, fears and concerns on the issues affecting their lives based on what they have discussed in their own local forums.
This year’s day-long event centres on how people with learning disabilities can improve their safety both in the home and out and about. The topics being discussed include bogus callers, ‘mate’ and ‘disability hate’ crime, bullying and internet safety.
Participants include Bristol North West MP Charlotte Leslie, charity ambassador and disability rights campaigner Kaliya Franklin and Chief Inspector Steve Blackburn representing Avon & Somerset Police.
During the conference, the police, charity (SARI) Support Against Racist Incidents, First Bus and Safe Havens will also be manning stalls to provide relevant help and more advice on personal safety.
Brandon Trust Chief Executive Lucy Hurst-Brown said: “The 100 Voices conference is Brandon Trust’s annual event run for, and by, the people we support. It’s about giving a voice to people with learning disabilities. This is an inspirational and empowering day, enabling people with learning disabilities the opportunity to contribute and also to influence social policy and public opinion.
“For example, following last year’s conference, which addressed the issue of public transport and disability, we published a report which was launched at the House of Commons and later presented evidence at the Transport Select Committee inquiry on Public Transport for Disabled People.”
For more information on 100 Voices, contact Matt Boyle on 0117 952 8257 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Brandon Trust is a Bristol-based UK charity working throughout the South West of England and in London, supporting approximately 1,200 people with learning disabilities and autism to live the lives they choose. We provide personalised services designed around individual needs, from living solutions to vocational courses, from community and leisure access to employment training and support. We also have a wealth of experience in working with people with complex needs whose behavior sometimes challenges the environment in which they live, or with profound and multiple learning disabilities. Brandon Trust works with a variety of partners to create innovative and person-centered support solutions for people with learning disabilities and autism, involving family, carers, purchasers and other providers in the design of the support provision.
For more information about Brandon Trust services, visit www.brandontrust.org