Michelle Mansfield, a highly motivated self advocate with learning disabilities, has set up a ‘drop-in’ session for other adults with learning disabilities in the Fens.
Michelle is the Fenland representative for VoiceAbility’s Speak Out Council action forum. Through Speak Out Leaders such as Michelle, the Speak Out Council provides much-needed representation for vulnerable adults, including the hard-to-reach groups who do not attend the traditional services.
Said Michelle: “There are a lot of people with learning disabilities who don’t use services around Fenland so I thought it was important that they had somewhere to go to meet other people and to talk about their problems.”
Deb Matthysz, who works at Cambridgeshire Mencap’s Artworks, and Michelle felt that by working together and holding the drop-in sessions at Artworks in March they could give better support to local people by jointly promoting both services.
Fenland Artworks provides an exciting new service for people with learning disabilities running arts, drama and music activities for adults and young people. There are free taster sessions. If you are interested or would like to find out more, contact Deb on 01354-655487.
Service users and their carers are invited to come along to meet others and to share their experiences with Michelle on the second Tuesday of every month at Cambridgeshire Mencap Fenland
Artworks at 88 High Street, March, between 11am and noon.
Make a date of the next drop-in session which is June 11 from 11am to noon.
• For further information on VoiceAbility contact Ali Fawkes on 01223 555863, email firstname.lastname@example.org and for Fenland Artworks contact Deb Matthysz on 01354-655487, email email@example.com