One Place East

01 November 2018

“The idea came about because some local people with a learning disability were feeling disempowered, socially isolated and experiencing a range of different issues in their day-to-day lives.”

“They were frustrated because they wanted to have their voices heard and be able to have control over the issues that affected them, including access to vital services.

Funding enabled us to set up a member-led People’s Parliament. Members of the group lead on the Parliament’s design, development and delivery and it gives four local people with a learning disability the role of MPs.

The People’s Parliament offers an important opportunity for people to meet up every month, speak up and take action on common issues that are important to them. One example of this is when their views became part of Transport for London’s Inclusive Transport Strategy after speaking up about the difficulties they were experiencing when using public transport.

“If you don’t speak up for other people, who is going to speak up for them, especially if they can’t do it themselves? We support each other to make sure our views are heard.”

Alison Hames, project member

Often a guest speaker will attend the meetings. Recently, commissioners from the local authority and the Clinical Commissioning Group attended one of our meetings and views from the group were considered as part of the joint Learning Disability Strategic Plan for the next five years. This was very exciting for members and the Strategic Plan will work to improve the lives of people with a disability in the borough. As well as the opportunity to develop skills

such as communication and working together, people have the chance to meet their peers who live in different areas

of the neighbourhood. New friendships have been formed, as well as building on existing relationships and people are becoming more involved with their community.”

Carole Gardner, project lead


One Place East were awarded £29,349 for their ‘Waltham Forest People’s Parliament’ project, which is funded through the Trust’s Active Communities programme with money raised through The Health Lottery in London East.

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