North Yorkshire Self-Advocates Forum

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The North Yorkshire Self-Advocates Forum is another way 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.


Meeting dates

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The forum meets three times a year at venues across North Yorkshire.

Tuesday 30 April 2019 – Northallerton

Tuesday 20 August 2019 – Skipton

Tuesday 12 November 2019 – Harrogate



Times and venues for all Learning Disability Partnership Board meetings in 2019 can be found here.


What we do

The Self-Advocates Forum is a great place to speak up and be heard. We talk about things that are important to us and we find creative ways to do something about them. The co-chairs of the North Yorkshire Self-Advocates Forum are Sam Suttar from Harrogate and Mark Hamblin from Scarborough. Our terms of reference (how the forum  works) are in the box on the right. You can also read about some of the things we have done, and things we want to do in the future here.

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


For more information

For more information about the forum please call Shanna Carrell on 01609 532992 or email