Speak Out started in 2002 after we learned about some work ENABLE were doing in schools in Glasgow. Our first meeting was at the Engine Shed in Edinburgh and we have been meeting at least every 3 weeks ever since. Edinburgh Development Group and People First support our group. We go into schools and do presentations to teach children about bullying and harassment and about learning difficulties. We also work with Lothian and Borders Police, the Local Authority (and sometimes other organisations and groups). We sit on the Hate Crime Operational Group alongside representatives from (for example) the Police, the NHS, City of Edinburgh Council, as well as several voluntary equality organisations. Because we are recognised as experts, we are sometimes asked to do presentations at events, meetings and training. If you look at our video you will see us visiting a school and talking to the police.
The User and Carer Forum think that Speak Out are a good example of these Citizen Leadership principles:
- 2. Development
- Developing leadership qualities, because members get the chance to make presentations and speak in public
- 6. Equality
- because the group’s aim is to make Edinburgh a safer and fairer place
- 8. Wider Benefit
- because the group’s work will benefit people with learning disabilities across Edinburgh