01 November 2018

Self-Advocacy in Craven

Christopher Porter is a self-advocate and member of the Craven self-advocacy consulting group. Here he reports on what the group has been up to.


The Craven self-advocacy consulting group was held at the Exclusive Inclusive Office in Skipton on the 15th October. The first thing on the agenda was a talk by a police community support officer called Emily who talked to us about keeping safe in the community. And she spoke about how to stay safe online on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Emily asked us which social media sites we used. She said to check our social media setting to make sure they are on private. Emily also said to us when we go on holiday not to post photos on your social media sites because other people will know you are not at home. It alright to put your photo on social media after you come back from your holiday. We thanked Emily for coming to our meeting today.

Next we talked about the Annual Health Check questionnaire to find out who has had an Annual Health check. We also talked about the self-advocacy forum in November in Selby which is about celebrating all the self-advocates’ work this year.

After the meeting Karen Murray, who is the manager of the self-advocacy service in North Yorkshire and I went to Craven College to a Moving On event. The Moving On Event is for all young people with special educational needs to tell them about all the different services there are in the area. We had a stall to promote the work of the North Yorkshire Learning Disability Partnership Board and KeyRing self-advocacy groups. I helped Karen set up our stall.

There were twenty information stalls around the room for school leavers and students leaving college later this year to find out what opportunities are available. A few people came to look at our stall about the Partnership Board and other groups and we told them about the work we do. Most people didn’t know about the North Yorkshire Learning Disability Partnership Board so it was important that we spread the word!


By Christopher Porter


For more information about self-advocacy in North Yorkshire you can follow the group on twitter and instagram. You can also contact Karen Murray at karen.murray@keyring.org or on 07833 309 693.