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People with learning disabilities have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. Many people are feeling even more excluded from services, local communities and forums due to a change in how to access them and how they are delivered. People have told Cornwall Advocacy that they are also finding it difficult to adapt to the change in how we interact.

Cornwall Advocacy is providing support to help challenge and overcome these barriers, and are proud to launch a new project called “be heard”.

The project provides free independent advocacy for people with learning disabilities in Mid and West Cornwall who are affected by the pandemic. They are supporting people to:

  • speak out
  • be heard
  • find information
  • understand information
  • be included in/make important decisions
  • improve self-confidence
  • improve well-being
  • promote, defend, uphold and support rights
  • feel less isolated and excluded

People joining their project will also have the opportunity to help speak out for other people and plan how CA provides support.

Funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, has helped them to set up be heard.

Cornwall Advocacy can take a referral by a telephone call, text message, email, video call or where possible they can meet people face to face to discuss their request for an advocate. They can help people to complete a referral form if they need support.

They are very flexible so that people can self-refer. If this is not possible or if an individual would prefer, they can accept a referral from someone on their behalf.

For further information or to request their project leaflet, poster and referral form, please contact Nicky Abrahams on 07596 624162 / nicky@cornwalladvocacy.org.uk

If you work with people with learning disabilities, please do use this poster to promote the service to them.