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Monmouth People First – Raising our Voice – Big Lottery Launch!!

Monmouth People First had a successful day for our ‘Raising Our Voice’ launch on 15th April 2014. The event was arranged by Mary Allan – Facilitator of MPF.

As you can see from our photos a lot of people supported us by attending the launch. All of our members were there, along with some of Abergavenny People First members. Monmouth Community Resource, Monmouth Swan Court Studio and Abergavenny Office Services also attended, along with the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Monmouth, Trustees Bethia Smith, Beverley Lewis and Terry Christopher. We also received support from Monmouth Rotary Club - Martin Seymour and the current President, Jenny. Simon Burch – Director of Social Services, Monmouthshire County Council, Helen Neville – Lead Commissioner Service Development and Project Management, Monmouthshire County Council also attended. We were also supported by Pennie Walker, Outreach Development Worker (Monmouthshire).

Bethan Watkins and DanceBlast performed for us as part of their Wheelchair Dancing project – this was a very moving performance http://www.dance-blast.org/ . Theatre Ffynon http://www.theatrffynnon.co.uk/ also arranged a workshop for our members and other attendees to take part in which was aimed at increasing our confidence as a group – to help us all start to feel more able to speak up.

The ‘Raising our Voice’ project is now going from strength to strength…. Contact Mary on 07964 897547 for more details.

Click here for photos!

‘Raising Our Voice’ – Big Lottery Grant Award

 

Lottery Funded

 

Monmouth People First have been awarded a Grant from the Big Lottery Fund so we will shortly have a Support Worker in place. We will be able to offer more support to our members and gain a bigger Voice in our Community. Watch this space for more news…

Monmouth People First Christmas Party December 2013

Monmouth People First Christmas Party was organised by Gale and Annie with the help of lots of other people who made the evening very special. Our members attended along with members of Abergavenny People First and the Gateway Club in Abergavenny. We also had lots of guests from the Monmouth Community, including the Deputy Mayor Jane Gunter and MPF Trustees Terry Christopher and Bethia Smith as well as Terry’s wife and Anthea Dewhurst who frequently supports us. We also had a very special guest – Father Christmas!

There was a brilliant raffle with prizes donated from Monmouth community. Many thanks to all those who attended and hope you all had lots of fun!

See our Christmas party photos here

“Listen, Believe, Do” - Looking into Abuse: Research by People with Learning Disabilities.

Becky, Bev, Stephen and Jamie attended the event at the Hilton Hotel, Newport on 11th March 2013. There were guest speakers including Joyce Howarth and New Pathways.

Lots of people with learning disabilities have experienced abuse. People said that it was really important to be listened to, believed and for the person they tell to do something.

Please watch this video

Look at the reports here:

http://udid.research.glam.ac.uk/projects

Click here to view our photos of the event.

University of Glamorgan website:
http://news.glam.ac.uk/news/en/2013/mar/06/learning


MPF 5th Anniversary Celebrations

View photos from our 5th birthday celebrations here!


Monmouth People First held a confidence building event in September 2011 called 'Finding Your Voice'. It was facilitated by Phil from Dynamix. We all had the chance to speak up about what is important to us, how to listen to each other, and how to give each other time to speak.

See photos from the event here.


Four members are going to take part in Joyce Howarth's 'Looking into Abuse: Research by People With Learning Disabilities' which is taking place at the Hilton Hotel in Newport in November.

Monmouth People FirstKeith Self the Community Learning Disability team manager (CLDT) came to our last meeting to tell us about the new Pan Gwent Learning Disability Strategy. You can look at an Easy Read version of it here

The Strategy's vision is for People who have a learning disability living in Gwent to

You can tell the people who wrote it what you think about it - they need to know by 24th November.

We can help you with this if you call us or email us through this website.

Steve told us about his holiday with Ben and they brought some pictures for us to see.

We voted to keep meeting at Rockfield Community Centre.

We had some feedback about our Dynamix Event - the people who came said they enjoyed it - it was a confidence building event - but it should have been held over a couple of days instead of all in one day - there was too much information.


Stephen Brewin displaying his medalStephen Brewin raised £250 sponsor money for St David's Foundation. Stephen was awarded a shield from the St David's Foundation for all his hard work. Well done, Stephen!

Drybridge Bungalow's BBQ evening raised more than £350 towards their community project! Stephen and Rob are going to see the Planning Officer in July to see if it is possible to make the old workshop into a new community building. Stephen will let us know how he gets on...

Bev told us that Budden Crescent are having an Open Day on Saturday 23rd July with Cream Teas to find out about the new way Budden is working....

Becky told us she is applying for a job as an Admin Assistant - Good Luck, Becky! Also her work placement has been going really well and she is getting lots of brilliant feedback from it....

Stephen told us that Annie keeps buying all the clothes in the charity shop he is working in on Thursday!! So, their profits go up on that day!! :)

Sandy was really pleased to tell us that he has started using the Gym facilities in Monnow Vale! Keep up the hard work, Sandy!