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Trust Funding Will Help Voices to be Heard

Revellers at a Your Voice Advocacy Thursday Night Fever social event
Revellers at a Your Voice Advocacy Thursday Night Fever social event

A new project will help adults with learning disabilities in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot to be heard thanks to funding from Pobl Group’s Gwalia Trust.

A grant of £13,091 to the Your Voice Advocacy charity will allow it to employ a part-time advocate to work in the region. This will offer 1 to 1 and group advocacy sessions to local adults with learning disabilities, as well as provide peer-led advocacy training.

The funding will also allow the charity’s popular ‘Thursday Night Fever’ social events to continue. Held monthly at a city centre nightspot, these provide safe and welcoming access to mainstream social activities and attract attendance from right across south west Wales.

John Morse, Chair of Gwalia Trust said:

“This application was one that aligned closely with the Trust’s values and experiences as part of the Pobl Group. Trustees were impressed with Your Voice Advocacy’s track-record as well as the wide range of partner organisations it works with to ensure people with learning disabilities can express their views and make informed choices about their own lives.”

Helen Callaghan, Manager of Your Voice Advocacy added:

“We at Your Voice Advocacy are over the moon with the funding that we are going to receive from Gwalia Trust. It not only allows us to continue with our much loved disco which would be greatly missed by a lot of service users if it had to end but also, we get to work with adults with a learning disability who are supported by Gwalia to have their views heard, receive training on a lot of subjects that affect them and improve the confidence of some to take the lead in supporting their peers.”