Help­ing peo­ple find their own voice

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Uni­ver­sal Care in Bea­cons­field is celebrating its 30th an­niver­sary by sup­port­ing 30 lo­cal and na­tional char­i­ties over 30 weeks from April 4 to Oc­to­ber 28. Each char­ity will re­ceive a cash do­na­tion and free use of Uni­ver­sal Care’s con­fer­ence room to use as it wishes dur­ing its al­lo­cated week. Each week, this pa­per will show­case one of the 30 char­i­ties. The sev­enth char­ity be­ing sup­ported is Talk­back which has the con­fer­ence room on Thurs­day May 26

FOUNDED in 1998, Talk­back’s roots are in self ad­vo­cacy, in build­ing self con­fi­dence and self es­teem to en­able peo­ple with a learn­ing dis­abil­ity and/or autism to build and use the skills that will en­hance their qual­ity of life and to be as in­de­pen­dent as they can and want to be.

Talk­back is about choice, op­por­tu­nity and re­spect for all peo­ple with a learn­ing dis­abil­ity.

Talk­back achieves its aims through sup­port­ing peo­ple to ex­press a real voice, in choice and de­ci­sion making and in cre­at­ing safe and pos­i­tive learn­ing en­vi­ron­ments.

The core as­pects of com­mu­ni­ca­tion and so­cial devel­op­ment are em­bed­ded in all as­pects of our work.

Talk­back fo­cuses on de­liv­er­ing be­spoke ac­tiv­ity that en­com­passes the devel­op­ment of es­sen­tial life skills through ed­u­ca­tional, vo­ca­tional and so­cial learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Our team are an ex­pe­ri­enced, well qual­i­fied and cre­ative team that fo­cus on the per­sonal devel­op­ment of each in­di­vid­ual.

All team mem­bers are trained and ex­pe­ri­enced work­ing with peo­ple with a learn­ing dis­abil­ity, in­clud­ing peo­ple with high com­mu­ni­ca­tion needs, peo­ple with autis­tic spec­trum dis­or­ders and peo­ple whose be­hav­iour chal­lenges.

Talk­back works across Buck­ing­hamshire, Mil­ton Keynes and Read­ing.

There are three prin­ci­pal strands to our work – En­gage which fo­cuses upon Self ad­vo­cacy, ad­vo­cacy and en­gage­ment and pulls to­gether the voice that feeds into lo­cal and na­tional gov­ern­ment and is in­te­gral to the plan­ning, devel­op­ment and eval­u­a­tion of ser­vice pro­vi­sion.

Equip which is an ed­u­ca­tional pro­gramme for young peo­ple leav­ing school and Nclude which leads on a whole range of so­cial, learn­ing and vo­ca­tional ac­tiv­ity to in­clude sup­port­ing peo­ple to develop skills for ev­ery­day life at home, work or other ac­tiv­ity and in the com­mu­nity.

From our premises in High Wy­combe and Ayles­bury we pro­vide in­di­vid­u­alised pro­grammes on in­de­pen­dent trav­el­ling and keep­ing safe.

We run cour­ses on friend­ships and re­la­tion­ships, me­dia.

Be­ing user led means that we are al­ways re­spond­ing di­rectly to the peo­ple that we sup­port, it also means that we are con­stantly evolv­ing and grow­ing.

For more in­for­ma­tion about our work visit­ or call 01494 434 448 or email talk­back@talk­

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