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Urgent Appeal


People with learning disabilities and/or autism are often forgotten about or discriminated against when searching for work. We also know that many of these people can become targets and victims of Hate Crime with recent news suggesting that there is an increase of 25% in hate crime reported against disabled people.

Employment statistics are also shocking, showing that the rate of employment for people with learning disabilities has fallen to an all time low of just 6%; and only 16% of people with autism have a paid job.

At Speakup, we employ 10 people with learning disabilities and/or autism. We also have a further 20 people with learning disabilities/autism on structured work placements, but we cannot continue to do this without your help. We are only a small charity and are not in receipt of large charitable donations or bequests.

Here’s where you could help us. We know that many businesses find it difficult to create work for people with disabilities, so please could you consider sponsoring employment through us. By giving either a regular donation or a one-off donation (possibly through a fundraising event) at your business, you can support people with learning disabilities, safeguard their employment and enable the continued work to enable vulnerable people to gain the experience and skills they need to life a more fulfilled life.

If you would like to support Speakup, or if you are involved with a company that would consider sponsoring us:

1. You can donate easily right now using Paypal – just click here.
2. Companies can sponsor Speakup by emailing sponsor@speakup.org.uk.
3. Regular donations can be set up easily by emailing donate@speakup.org.uk.

Our aim is to become more sustainable over the coming years and we feel we can do this with your help!

Photo of Joe with Matthew Wolfenden Angels Logo
Pictured here is our Patron Matthew Wolfenden (of Emmerdale) with Jo Atkinson. Celebrating 28 years of Advocacy!

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