Hear My Voice

In the last two generations huge progress has been made for people with learning disability and their families.  In the 1950s most people with a learning disability lived in hospitals segregated from the rest of society.  We have moved on a great deal since those days but we still have a long way to go until people with a learning disability have the same oportunities as other people.

The 2015 General Election and other elections give people with a learning disability oppportunities to vote and make their voice heard.

The Hear My Voice campaign gives people with a learning disability and their families a chance to tell politicians and our future leaders about the issues that make it very difficult for them to live their lives like everyone else.

Reading Mencap launched the Reading HMV campaign on 26th January 2015 and began by inviting a local Reading MP to listen and understand exactly what those issues are.

The work continued in Learning Disability week 2015 and below is a filmed trailer of the event and the record of the issues we raised can be seen here.



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Hear My Voice with Rachel Eden

On 16 June 2015, campaigners from Reading Mencap met at Emmanuel Church on the Oxford Road to discuss matters of concern with Rachel Eden, lead councillor for adult services on Reading Borough Council. The proceedings were facilitated by Sue Pigott from Talkback. Topics included cutbacks, housing and transport issues. A short trailer video illustrating the session appears above and on the Hear My Voice page of this website, where videos of other HMV events are to be found. On the home page, click the yellow Hear My Voice logo in the left sidebar to reach the HMV web page.

 
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Hear My Voice with parliamentary candidates

On 23 March 2015, Reading Mencap campaigners met at Alexandra Road with three parliamentary candidates for Reading in the upcoming general election. These were Victoria Groulef (Labour), Meri O'Connell (Lib Dem) and Rob White (Green).

 
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Hear My Voice with Rob Wilson MP

On 20 Feb 2015, Reading Mencap campaigners met at the Hexagon with Rob Wilson, member of parliament for Reading East.

 
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Hear My Voice with Alok Sharma MP

On 26 Jan 2015, Reading Mencap campaigners met at Alexandra Road with Alok Sharma, the member of parliament for Reading West.

 
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Programme of Hear My Voice Events

Click here to see the programme.