Huge progress has been made for people with a learning disability and their families in the last generation, but we still have such a long way to go before people with a learning disability are recognised as equal and valued members of society. 1,200 people with a learning disability die needlessly each year in NHS care, 9 out of 10 have been a victim of hate crime, and thousands of people are stuck in units like Winterbourne View.
In the run up to the 2015 General Election, we want the voices of people with a learning disability and their families to be heard. That’s why in May this year Mencap launched the Hear my voice campaign.
Today we launched a new website to connect people with a learning disability and their families with their local MP and candidates:https://www.hear-my-voice.org.uk. Through the website we can connect with our local candidates by sharing our stories and asking candidates ‘Are you listening?’
We want to reach as many people as possible, so everyone has the chance to make their voice heard.
1) Ask your supporters to join the campaign.
Using this tweet:
Join the #HearMyVoice movement. Share your story with your future MP and ask for change: https://www.hear-my-voice.org.uk
This Facebook post:
In May 2015 we decide who will run the country for the next 5 years. Together we must tell politicians what is important to us and what needs to change.
Share your story and ask your future MP to listen https://www.hear-my-voice.org.uk
Messaging for a newsletter
In May 2015 we decide who will run the country for the next 5 years. In the run up to the election Mencap are mobilising the learning disability community to share their stories and ask their local candidates to listen.
For more information and to share your story visit: https://www.hear-my-voice.org.uk
2) Share your own story: https://www.hear-my-voice.org.uk
Please send your voice to your local MP and candidates today; tell them what matters to you and ask if they are listening to people with a learning disability and all those connected to them.
Together we can put the issues that matter most to people with a learning disability and their families firmly on the agenda for the next Government, and we can make real change happen.
Hayley StokesRegional engagement officer (Central)Mobile: 07950 964999Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Our vision is a world where people with a learning disability are valued equally, listened to and included. We can’t get there alone. Support our vision at www.mencap.org.uk