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

The EU Referendum: Register to vote and how to vote

As you may know, the EU referendum is happening on Thursday the 23rd June. This is to decide whether the UK stays a member of the European Union or leaves.

Firstly you can only vote if you are on the electoral register, this is a list of everyone who is allowed to vote. If you voted in the local elections and you haven’t moved house, you will not have to do anything to register. However, if you did not vote on the 5th May or if you have moved house, you will need support to go onto this link and get yourself registered before the 7th June:

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Below are three links that will give you more information

1. Information about how to vote

Guide to Voting (Mencap)

2. Information about what may happen if the country decides to stay in or come out of the EU

EU Referendum Special (United Response)

3. There is also an interesting video with a lot of information about the referendum

Link to the video

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.

Our new picture bank

Coming soon! People First has been working very hard on a new picture bank for using when putting documents into Easy Read. For more information about this please go to:

Easy Read One-Stop Shop

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.


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

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