9 years of Camden SURGe

Run by The Advocacy Project, 2008-2017

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  1. Proud of what we've achieved

  2. We're celebrating 9 years of Camden SURGe, which has been run by The Advocacy Project from 2008 to 2017. Our team of learning disability representatives, supported by project co-ordinator Kath Dawson until 2015 and more recently by Brendan Leahy, have achieved so much. Here are some quotes about what members feel proud of and figures about the number of people who've been impacted by our work.
  3. Modelling for new Photosymbols images

  4. One of the first projects we were involved in was creating a set of images for Photosymbols to help people with learning disabilities feel more comfortable going to the dentist. SURGe representatives said there was a shortage of good photos about dentist appointments, so they initiated a project with the company Photosymbols to take new pictures.
  5. These are now used by many organisations to create easy read documents, helping people understand what might happen at a dentist appointment - so people with learning disabilities are better able to take good care of their health.
  6. Camden SURGE members create Photosymbols
  7. The early days

  8. Here are some photos of the early days of the SURGe project.
  9. Surge member Michaela goes on a march
    Surge member Michaela goes on a march
  10. Surge members go on a march
    Surge members go on a march
  11. Working in partnership

  12. Over the last 9 years, SURGe have worked closely with many organisations including Camden Council, Healthwatch and University College London Hospitals (UCLH) to improve information and services for people with learning disabilities. Here's one of our videos made in partnership with UCLH to help people understand what happens when visiting the Macmillan Cancer Centre.
  13. Visiting the University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre
  14. In March 2017, SURGe member Fatima Begum spoke at the Houses of Parliament about the barriers people with learning disabilities face when looking for work. Fatima spoke strongly about her experience in front of a large audience of MPs, policy makers, professionals and people who use learning disability services.
  15. Fatima Begum talks at the Houses of Parliament
    Fatima Begum talks at the Houses of Parliament
  16. We screened a video interview about Fatima's story, below. You can read more about the event and the #UnlockingRestrictions campaign here:  www.advocacyproject.org.uk/news/unlockingrestrictions/ 
  17. Learning disabilities and the workplace: Fatima's story
  18. Camden Councillor Adam Harrison (right) meets Maureen McDonald and Brendan Leahy
    Camden Councillor Adam Harrison (right) meets Maureen McDonald and Brendan Leahy
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