Dudley Voices for Choice has got money from the National Lottery Community Fund



The money is to start a West Midlands Self Advocacy Network



This is for people who have a learning disability and people who have autism



It has taken a long time to plan and apply for the money



It has been good to tell people we will not close

This is really good and we are all excited



We are going to employ 11 learning disability champions for the network




The learning disability champions will be someone from each area who has a learning disability or autism



They will be paid to work to speak up for people in their local areas



They will go the network meetings to talk about what problems people are having



People at the network meetings will tell the government, the council, job centres and NHS about problems



They will say there need to be a changes to help people



Neil Davies from Dudley Voices for Choice said,

It is important for us to have a voice and for the government to listen to us


With the money from the National Lottery Players the voices of people with learning disabilities and people with autism can be heard