Our Voices is a department that supports people with Learning Disabilities and autistic people to have their voices heard and be included in the design, monitoring and delivery of Grace Eyre services.
“Our Voices is expanding! Part of our strategy to be more inclusive was to have a strong Our Voices department. We have expanded our focus to make sure we are not only improving self advocacy, accessibility, supporting trustees and campaigning, but also we will now be checking the quality of our services against Our Charter, and putting on big events around our city to celebrate Learning Disability and autistic culture!” – Cleo Dibb, Our Voices Manager
Following the great success of our Friendship Group in helping so many people to make new friends and try new things, the format of the group has changed to include more people through bigger events. Our Voices welcomed Jenny and Ben to the team who will be focusing on running accessible co-produced events in our city. They have recently interviewed and recruited eight new volunteers!
Our Voices have also recruited two new staff members:
Ali, Quality Checker Coordinator
Ali volunteered in Grace Eyre’s Sculpture sessions before the pandemic and is happy to be back as the a Quality Checker Coordinator. Ali is also a visual artist and arts in health facilitator, educator and specialist and hopes to draw on this background in her role, using creative engagement methods to capture the experiences of the range of people Grace Eyre supports.
Pagane, Brighton & Hove Ambassador Coordinator
Pagane joins Grace Eyre from Amaze where she was a young people’s voice worker. In her multi faceted role she worked directly with young people with SEND to plan, design and help implement actionable changes in education, health and social care, leisure, employment rights and self-advocacy. She will draw in this experience to support the Grace Eyre Ambassadors.
We are looking for volunteers to join our Grace Eyre Ambassadors Team in West Sussex. The main focus of the Ambassadors’ work is increasing self advocacy, which means people with learning disabilities and autistic people speaking out about what is important to them.
“We are looking for people who are dedicated, supportive and respect others. We will give you the training you need. Keep calm and be an Ambassador!” – Grace Eyre West Sussex Ambassador Team
To find out more, visit Volunteer Role – Grace-Eyre Ambassador – Grace Eyre