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The Advisory Partners

Julia from Eastside Community Heritage met with the Advisory Partners. Here is her report.


The Advisory Parters is a self-advocacy group for young people and adults who have a learning disability.

They meet every two weeks in Barking and Dagenham.

They are a very friendly group dedicated to helping people with disabilities.

They review easy read material so  that people with a  learning disability get the right information and support.

They campaign for better, safer and fairer lives for people with disabilities.




Disability History Month Fun

Hayley, from AhPhab Youth Club, reports on her day in the office. She is preparing for Disability History Month celebrations at Dagenham Library this Thursday at 430 PM




I am in the office today.

I have been typing and giving my ideas about how to make the event fun for everyone.






DHM Leaflet


The event is taking place at Dagenham Library this Thursday, the 10th of December at 4.30 PM.

Everyone is welcome.

It will be fun.






Author: Eastside Community Heritage and Abphab.

This stop motion video was made by members of AbPhab. We wanted to create an upbeat video for primary aged children.  Our video begins with  a message about all the things that keep children happy: fun, love, pets, play, books and the sun. We include a message about safety as well: that all children should report bullying.


Learning Disability Week

It’s Learning Disability Week. How are we celebrating? With research, of course!

Here is our report:

This week is Learning Disability Week and Mencap wants us to help them celebrate. Mencap is a Charity that works with “people with a learning disability to change laws, challenge prejudice and support them to live their lives as they choose.” You can find out about Mencap using this website:

Mencap says that “Children with a learning disability are often socially excluded and 8 out of 10 children with a learning disability are bullied.” We want to change this. We want all children to feel safe and included.

IMG_0456Eastside Community Heritage and the AbPhab Youth group designed some surveys to collect facts about bullying.   The Young People’s Development Forum at Progress Press (Barking and Dagenham) helped us.

When we have completed our research we will publish a report.  Teachers, parents, students and councils can learn from our research.

Please help us by completing our surveys online Or we will send you a survey to fill in through the post or via email.

hayley DagLibrary

Progress Project

Project is a fantastic charity based in Barking and Dagenham. The group supports a Young Persons’ Development Forum where young people have the opportunity to talk about issues that are important to them and make change.

The Young Persons’ Development Forum also run campaigns. So far, they have run campaigns on issues like spitting, transport and transitions.  Young people design the campaigns and conduct the research. Progress Project are helping us with our bullying and hate crime campaign.

Logo-2If you want to be part of this dynamic and rewarding group, then please visit their website: Or call their office on 07565533247. The project coordinator is Carron Beckwith.

Fear of bullying

Tonight, AbPhab members talked about bullying. This report is by Hayley, Georgina, Shannon and Shane.

Many young people worry about being bullied.

Some people are worry because they have been bullied and they think it could happen again.

Some people worry because their friends have been bullied or they have heard stories about bullying.

Bullying affects everyone: parents, carers, children, teenagers, young people and older people.

Bullying stops people from enjoying school or college or work. It stops people from taking part in activities which make life fun and rewarding.

Young people with disabilities or special educational needs are more likely to be bullied than other children. This means that thousands of young people are not getting the education they need. They are not getting the chance to reach their potential. This is terrible for young people and their families.

Who can stop and prevent bullying? You can.


You can stop bullying along with the help of your teacher, parents or carers and your community.

Everyone needs to take responsibility.

yes Report bullying.

yesEducate yourself about disability.

yesEducate others about disability.

yesRemember you have a right to be safe.

There are some really good organisations who can help you make a difference and stop bullying.


 Redbridge Equalities and Community Council


The RECC is a charity based in Redbridge.

The charity promotes justice and equality.

James-6_1024x1024You can ring the RECC if you are being bullied or you are a victim of a hate crime.

The best way to contact the RECC is to call them on the telephone and talk to them. You can call them on 07847-82991 from 6 PM until midnight. You can ring them every day of the week.

The people at RECC may then suggest a time to met and talk about the bullying or hate crime. Sometimes the people at RECC may find another organisation or service to help you as well.

David Landau

David Landau from RECC

Here is a link to their website:


A handy hint to stop bullying

Hayley is a member of the AbPhab team. She reports on using a diary to report bullying.

Diary to stop bullying







If you are bullied online or elsewhere then keep a diary to record evidence.









You can write down things like the day, time and month and when and where the bullying happened.

You should also write down the name of the person or people who bullied you.

It may be used in court as evidence.

Hacking Hurts

Social media is very important. Many people are worried about using social media because of cyber-bullying. This is a very real concern.  Neal reports on his experience. 

Listen to Neal here

Who I am


My name is Neal. I am disabled. I have cerebral palsy. I also have a speech impediment. I have many skills. I like to empower young people to achieve their full potential. This is my strength.

What I do

I have been a community volunteer for 11 years now. I volunteer with AbPhab, DABD and the local authority.

Social media

I can’t tell you how much I rely on social media. It is such a good way to connect with my colleagues. It is surprising how many disability and other organisations are turning to social media. They are using social media to have a presence on twitter and to engage with potential members or clients with a disability. Disabled people need twitter skills so they can articulate what they need or want or think. Twitter is instant

What types of social media I use

I use Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Skype.

My worst social media experience

I was hacked on twitter and it affected me badly because someone started posting things from my account but it wasn’t coming from me. It made me feel sick. I deleted my account straight away but I didn’t use Twitter for about 6 months because I didn’t feel safe. It meant that I couldn’t keep up with news and I couldn’t comment and read about important social issues.