North Yorkshire self-advocates forum for people with a learning disability

Self advocates logo.PNGWe have set up the North Yorkshire self-advocates forum to make sure that the voice of people with learning disabilities is at the heart of the work of the North Yorkshire Learning Disability Partnership Board.

The aims of the self-advocates forum are:

  • To come together to make our voice as strong as possible;
  • To make sure people with learning disabilities can have their say about what happens in the future;
  • To make sure people with learning disabilities get the right information about what is going on in North Yorkshire and in other places across the country;
  • To make sure people with learning disabilities are part of checking work that is happening in North Yorkshire;
  • To make sure people with learning disabilities in North Yorkshire can help each other solve problems and share their experience; and
  • To make sure that Valuing People Now and any other big plans such as health or housing are happening and making good things happen for people with learning disabilities.

In June 2017, self advocates made this short film to tell people about what self-advocacy is, and why it is so important:


Forum meetings

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The forum will meet four times a year, at venues across North Yorkshire.






The co-chair of the North Yorkshire self -advocates forum for people with a learning disability is Sam Suttar and Mark Hamblin.

You can find the terms of reference (how the forum will work) on the right and meeting minutes below.


Meeting dates

See the meeting dates for the learning disability partnership board and associated groups for 2018.

Attending the forum meetings

For more information about the forum and to attend the next meeting, please telephone Shanna Carrell on 01609 532992 or email

Work of self-advocates

These documents show the recent work and achievements of self-advocates in different areas of North Yorkshire.

Work of self-advocates in Craven and Harrogate
Work of self-advocates in Hambleton and Richmondshire
Work of self-advocates in Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale
Work of self-advocates in Selby and district

Self advocates' newsletters

Self advocates' newsletter September 2018
Self advocates' newsletter December 2017