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Hearing the Unheard - Ivybridge June 2012

Ten projects supported by South West Forum were showcased at this interesting and inspiring event. We would like to thank all participants for making the day such a success. All ten projects are listed at the bottom of the page and each one had a great story to tell – but here are some of the highlights of the day:

Hearing from Young People with Physical Disabilities....

active8 group

Active 8, a Cornish Charity, worked with young people with a physical disability to develop a comedy sketch to present the issues that are important to them to Cornwall Council’s youth Voice, Influence and Participation Panel. The DVD was brilliant, saying far more far more than a report ever could (Click to view). 

Matt Stewart, Active 8: “South West Forum have shown what can be achieved with a holistic approach”

Tackling hate crime...

The Coalition for Action Against Learning Disability Hate Crime successfully raised the profile of Learning Disability Hate Crime, indeed was so successful with statutory partners that Tina Feathers reported,

“Now we can’t get rid of them... the challenge now is that we are short of resources to sit on boards and meet demand”. A great feature of the coalition is that “there is no one organisation in charge, we are sharing things and working together and making things happen”

Coalition for Action on Learning Disability Hate Crime

Giving migrant and refugee women a confident voice...

Mona Hassan spoke about how the support she received from Hikmat enabled her to speak up

  “When I feel strong inside, I see people look at me differently...When I was asked to give a presentation for Hikmat I was really very nervous. I am used to listening, always listening... They organised training for me, for example in self-confidence... now I have become treasurer of Devon United Women, I have re-built my skills... Now through the Voice Project I have the opportunity to speak to you today and have people listen to me, Voice has given me the confidence to speak up and be listened to”

Download the Report from South West Forum's Inclusion Innovation programme highlighting key messages about Voice and influence and detailing how all 10 projects across the region helped marginalised groups to get their voices heard.

The Projects in Brief

Migrant women speak up Devon United Women

Devon United Women supported women refugees and asylum seekers and those who have experienced domestic violence to develop presentations telling their stories at an International Women’s Day event in March 2012.

Training and buddies for Black and Minority Ethnic community influence Hikmat Devon

Hikmat Devon provided training and buddying support for members of BME community organisations to enable them to take part in forums and partnerships to influence local decision making.

LGBT groups supported to get their voices heard Intercom Trust

Intercom supported LGBT groups to influence local decision making by helping them to take part in consultations, identifying barriers preventing them from making their voices heard, and developing the LGBT Collective as a network for effective engagement.

Training DVD by marginalised groups for public sector staff LINk in Cornwall

LINk produced a DVD of marginalised groups talking about their experiences, to be used as a training film for public sector staff.

Peer support and training by and for Deaf people on hate crime Living Options Devon

Living Options Devon trained Deaf volunteers to provide peer support and training to other Deaf people and ran focus groups to identify the key issues  for Deaf people in relation to Hate Crime, and publicise the results of these with the police and more widely.

New group of domestic violence survivors to improve local services SEEDS Devon

SEEDS Devon enables domestic violence survivors to improve services by influencing local service providers. This project will set up a new SEEDS group in North Devon.

Guidance for residential care homes on transgender equality South West Transgender Equality Network (Equality South West)

Developing plain English guidance for residential care homes to improve residential care home services for Transgender people. 

Mental health organisations come together for a bigger voice The Bridge Project North Somerset

Supporting networking between organisations supporting people with mental health problems in North Somerset.

Coalition for Action Against Learning Disability Hate Crime

The Coalition held a conference to raise the profile of Learning Disability Hate Crime with voluntary groups and statutory partners. 

If you would like any further information about this programme, or to join our email list about voice and influence, please contact Beverly Jones or Deborah Fisher on beverly@southwestforum.org.uk or deborah@southwestforum.org.uk

For more information about the Voice project please contact

Beverly Jones or Deborah Fisher, Voice and Influence Co-ordinators

Email: beverly@southwestforum.org.uk / deborah@southwestforum.org.uk
Telephone 01392 247901