Welcome to the People First (Self Advocacy) website!

People First is an organisation run by and for people with learning difficulties. The organisation aims to speak up and campaign for the rights of people with learning difficulties. We also aim to support self-advocacy groups across the country in their work.

Latest news

Call for Evidence on Employment

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Disability is asking for information about how the Government can meet its aim of cutting the disability employment gap in half. Please answer all of the questions that you can in the Easy Read document below. The All Party Parliamentary Group on Disability have decided to push back the deadline to 13th July 2016. Information about where to send your answers is in the document below:

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Coming soon!

People First (Self Advocacy) will have our answers to these questions online next week. Organisations and people can use this document to write their own answers or they can sign up to our answers and we will put your name or your organisation’s name at the end of the document.

Law Commission: Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty Update

Below is an update from the Law Commission about the consultation that they ran in 2015. It was about making the law work better for people who sometimes cannot make decisions, this is called not having capacity. This can mean that sometimes people have to stay in a hospital or get treatment and care and they are not free to leave the place that is giving them treatment, this is called deprivation of liberty. The Law Commission looked at the law around this to try and make it better.

They did a consultation in 2015 and have written an update in the meantime so that people can get an idea about what people said in the consultation and an idea about what might happen moving forward:

http://www.lawcom.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/mental_capacity_interim_statement_EasyRead_print.pdf

The final report and the draft bill will be ready in December 2016.

The Cuts Impact Action Now Research Report

The Report was written after a joint research project that we ran with Inclusion Barnet. The research looked at the impact of cuts and changes to benefits and services in Barnet on people with learning difficulties.

The launch fo the Cuts Impact Action Now Report at the Inclusion Barnet Annual General Meeting was a success. Below are links to the Full Report and Summary Report:

Cuts Impact Action Now Research Report

Cuts Impact Action Now Summary Report

In the report we made recommendations, these are the things that we think need to change to make the lives of people with learning difficulties better. We are now working together with Barnet Council to make sure that these changes happen.

We now want to work with other self-advocacy groups to support them to carry out their own research. If your local self-advocacy group would like to carry out its own research then please get in touch with us by clicking here.

Advocacy, signposting and advice telephone service

PhoneIf you are a person with learning difficulties or are supporting a person with learning difficulties and need telephone support with an issue, then call us on:

0207 274 5484

Person centred 2This is a telephone service for people with learning difficulties and their supporters or carers. People can call us to get support on anything that they feel they need support with. This could be about:

  • hate crime
  • using Access to Work
  • debt
  • getting advocacy and support
  • understanding changes to benefits
  • accessing services
  • getting accessible information
  • making complaints
  • accessing employment, voluntary roles and education

Depending on what problem you need support with, our staff will:

Offer advocacy: this means we can get in touch and speak to organisations for you, to find out the choices that you have and the way that you can move forward.

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Signpost: this means we will find the right organisation to support you to deal with the problem.

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Give advice: we will use our experience to give you accessible information, so that you can deal with the problem

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