New project will help make voices heard

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Botton Village near Danby will receive help from a new project after a charity secured funding to work with them.

Scarborough Advocacy Alliance, who also work with people living in the Whitby area, has secured funding from Awards for All, to provide support and training for the development of self-advocacy in the village, which is part of the Camphill Village Community Trust.

Created to offer opportunities to adults with learning disabilities and other special needs, Botton Village has grown to become the largest Camphill community today.

Botton is home to around 280 people, including 130 with special needs, and has received national recognition for its success.

Alice Taylor, of Scarborough Advocacy Alliance, said the project will enable people to gain skills to help them to have their say on issues that are unique to them and their circumstances.

She added: “At Advocacy Alliance we will build on the self-advocacy training resources we have currently and tailor them to the individual needs of Botton villagers.

“With the self-advocacy project we aim to help people to have a better chance in life and support them in having their own voice and opinions.

“This will have a vast impact on their lives as they will be able to get their opinions across to those who are in authority and making changes to their community.”

The project is due to start this month and sessions will run three times a month until June 2014. It will be run by two co-ordinators from Advocacy Alliance, Alice Taylor and Dorothy Hodgkinson.

Advocacy Alliance is a voluntary organisation, established in 1990 to provide free, independent and confidential advocacy to empower individuals and enable them to have their voice heard.

It involves a small team of staff who manage and develop advocacy throughout the area.

The charity is based at Allatt House, Scarborough and provide an outreach service throughout the area. To find out more call (01723) 3639.