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Forget Brown, Cameron and Clegg... Could you be a part of the parliament?
Thursday 22nd April, 2010

That’s the question that will be on everyone’s mind attending the Self Advocate Parliament this Friday April 23, from 10am until 3pm at St Peters Pavillion, Hindley.

This unique Parliament has been created for people with learning disabilities.

Wigan and Leigh People First joined forces with the Learning Disability Partnership Board to create a forum to give people the chance to talk about issues affecting their daily lives, give them a bigger voice to ultimately influence decision making.

With election-fever gripping the nation, the creation of the new Parliament will also bring its own set of votes. First to elect the members and ministers who will represent the needs of people with learning disabilities and then, at its third meeting it will elect a leader.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for someone to be elected by self advocates to be the leader of Parliament,” says Julie Davies, Advocacy Co-ordinator, Wigan and Leigh People First. “It’s job which they will be paid for and be responsible for planning and chairing each meeting and for feeding back to the partnership board.”

At its inaugural meeting, the Parliament will also decide its priorities for the year ahead. The topics up for debate include everything from transport issues, through to health, education and living in the community.

"Wigan Council wants want to build a future together, create a place where people matter and can afford to live the life they want." Says Louise Sutton service director, personalisation and community services. “Get the decisions right and have the chance to make life better for everyone throughout the community. We would urge as many people as possible to come along, watch the debate and use their vote.”

Anyone interested in attending Parliament this Friday should call T: 01942 867 888 ext 209 or email wiganandleighpeoplefirst@yahoo.co.uk to book a place.

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