HackneyLondon > Hackney POhWER has worked in Hackney since 2006. Last year over 200 Hackney residents took part in POhWER events or attended our workshops. We offer the following services in Hackney: Self Advocacy Empowerment service for adults with Learning Disabilities What is the Self Advocacy Empowerment service? Learning Disability Self Advocacy Empowerment Group is a service which empowers adults with Learning Disabilities who live within Hackney, to advocate for themselves or for others with Learning Disabilities. We have regular groups to help our self advocates improve social and practical skills, and to grow in confidence. Our regular groups are: Newsletter Speaking Up Self Advocacy Multi-media Reading As a group or as individuals POhWER self advocates are involved in many other groups in Hackney, as well as regional and national including: Learning Disability Partnership Board NHS England Choice Plan Toolkit Engagement event - Regional Accessible Information Standard Implementation Workshops User Engagement Group at Homerton Hospital Homerton Hospital Learning Disability Working Group Learning Disability SIG with Hackney Community Voluntary Service National Mental Capacity Forum – POhWER self advocate Israel was a speaker Self Advocates interviewing POhWER staff Self Advocates as part of the panel and creating own questions when interviewing senior Hackney Local Authority and NHS staff Hackney support worker training meeting London Regional Forum Election for Chair preparation meetings – Self Advocates Maria Barrett is standing for election as Chair of the Regional Forum in Greenwich and will represent London in the National Forum if successful Patient and Public Involvement Committee at St. Leonard’s Hospital TFL Valuing People Big Day Network We also host quarterly forums at a venue in Dalston which are based on a theme decided by the self advocates, and is open to anyone with a Learning Disability, their carers, friends or family as well. We have had forums on safeguarding, employment, working with NHS such as GP receptionists and pharmacies, and all information collated gets fed back to Hackney Local Authority and NHS Hackney. The forums are usually in March, June, September and December and everyone is welcome. Annually we also plan, create and host the Big Do, which is whole day event created by people with Learning Disabilities for people with Learning Disabilities. We have had theme days such as ‘Looking After Me’ and ‘My Voice My Choice’ which incorporates stalls from numerous local charities, organisations and Local Authority and NHS teams, and also workshops and interactive stage sessions all aimed at empowerment for those attending. Self advocacy is 'Big' in Hackney Israel is the chair of the Hackney Self Advocacy Support Group. This group aims to ‘represent everyone with learning disabilities in Hackney.’ Supported by POhWER the group is successfully supporting others to have their say and be heard. The group is very active and holds regular meetings and events, including the Hackney ‘Big Do.’ Read Israel's story here Read more stories here In your area London The Hackney “Big Do” 2016 Do you have a Learning Disability and live in Hackney or know someone who does? Then why not pop along to the Petchey Academy from 10 am Wednesday 26 October. The Big Do is an annual event for adults with learning disabilities, their carers and families to come together to join in some fun and share experiences. The theme for this year is Hate Crime/Mate Crime and Staying Safe, but also has a strong focus on supporting local people to stay healthy, safe and well. There will be workshops on MultiMe, a safe and secure social media site for people with learning disabilities; yoga sessions; hand massages from the Learning Disability Service Health Team; also have a go at playing a musical instrument with the Joy of Sound; and the day finishing with the Police Band who will be playing and also hosting some Karaoke. Lunch is included and there will be stalls with activities and information to have a look at including a raffle. For further information and to book a place please contact Joan Foley at POhWER on 07580 840932 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Booking for this event has now closed.