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Elections: Vote for the Self Advocate Parliament
Tuesday 15th June, 2010

The national government may well be in place, but elections to another kind of parliament are due this month.

It's the 'Self Advocate Parliament' where people with learning disabilities can discuss issues affecting them. Polling day is Thursday 17 June and votes are to be cast at Golborne's Intex Sport and Social Club from 10am - 3pm.

This unique Parliament has been specially created for people with learning disabilities, brought to the borough by Wigan and Leigh People First and the Learning Disability Partnership Board. It's a forum for people to speak out, talk about the issues affecting their daily lives and give them a bigger voice in the community and with service providers.

Advocacy Co-ordinator Julie Davies from Wigan and Leigh People First says, “It was great to see so many people at the Parliament meeting in April. It was a lively event and everyone got involved and had a lot to say. Thursday’s meeting is expected to be extremely exciting with members voting and electing its ministers.”

Cllr Keith Cunliffe, Healthier Communities and Older People Champion, says: “Members of parliament will have further discussions about their top issues namely; social lives, communication, housing, transport and personal relationships. Members are also looking to vote for a Leader of the Self Advocate Parliament whom will be paid for this role.”

Parliament will meet every six weeks. The next meeting will take place on 29 July between 10am and 3pm at Intex Sports and Social Club, Golborne.

Anyone interested in attending Parliament on 17 June, 29 July, 10 September or 22 October should call 01942 867 888 ext 209 or email wiganandleighpeoplefirst@yahoo.co.uk to book a place.

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