Openstorytellers are really pleased to be establishing a new peer support network in Frome – and also Bridgewater – as part of the wider Our Voices project which is happening across Somerset.
The Our Voices group is a friendly session, where people with learning disabilities can meet new friends and explore local issues together. The group is also facilitated by two peer leaders who have learning disabilities, supported by Openstorytellers’ staff.
It’s a safe space where members can share their thoughts and feelings about a variety of topics that are important to them. The group work together to think about how particular issues may be affecting them, and how they would like those things to change or improve. We also make time for people to share good news and the things that they are happy with too.
So far, the group have decided that they would like to invite the local police in to find out more about what they do. One of our peer leaders has also met with the Mayor of Frome, to start a campaign to make Frome a Safe Places town. The group are now planning a Speak Up Picnic which is taking place on the 25th July, to let more people know about what they are doing and how they can get involved too!
All of the Our Voices groups have the opportunity to feed back their issues to the Learning Disability Partnership Board for Somerset, at their meetings four times a year. This enables the group to have their voices heard and to work as a catalyst for change.
Our Voices Frome meets on the last Wednesday of the month at Openstorytellers, the HUBnub Centre, Frome. To find out more, call 01373 454099 or email firstname.lastname@example.org