Calderdale Self-Advocacy Network

What is self-advocacy?

Self-advocacy helps people to speak up for themselves, to decide more about their lives and understand their rights better.

Sometimes adults with learning disabilities aren't listened to or understood. Our self-advocacy groups help people to work together to improve their lives and join in more with decisions about themselves and their communities. This can help change how people with disabilities are seen by other people.

Calderdale Self-Advocacy Network Groups

There are four regular groups in Calderdale Self-Advocacy Network. The groups decide how they are run.

Circle of Friends - This is a busy group, different every time. Alternate Wednesdays 9am till 10.30am at Independent Living, St Mary’s Church, Todmorden, Lancs.

King Centre Group - This group does lots of campaigning to make changes in Calderdale. Alternate Wednesdays 1.30pm till 3.15pm. The King Centre, Park Rd., Halifax.

District Committee - This group makes decisions and plans for the Network. Alternate Wednesdays 11.15am till 1pm, The King Centre, Park Rd., Halifax.

 Be Healthy - This is a health based group for adults with learning disabilities living all over Calderdale that meets every two or three months to get out and about to health events and activities. Give us a call for more information. 

How the groups join in


Group members go to local and regional involvement events to give their views.

Calderdale Learning Disability Partnership Board is where services for adults with learning disabilities in our area are discussed.


Self-Advocacy Regional Forum. Members from the Regional Forum go to the National Forum so adults with learning disabilities have a say about government decisions about their lives.

Inclusion North. Calderdale is a member of Inclusion North, they support self-advocacy groups in the region to look at issues they see as important.


The Network groups work with lots of different people to make things better for people with learning disabilities.

West Yorkshire Campaigns Group. This is a network of self-advocacy groups representing all the areas in West Yorkshire, Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield, Kirklees and Calderdale. We work on things important to everyone in West Yorkshire. Our last campaign was to try and make changes to the Disabled Person’s Travel Pass.

Our Voices, Our Choices, Our Freedom - a national campaign by and for adults with learning disabilities to support the closing of institutions and long stay hospitals.


How to contact us

Jackie on 07769167762, Janet on 07436102544 Self-Advocacy Network

Lead The Way, Centre at Threeways, Nursery Lane, Ovenden, Halifax HX3 5SX