People with learning disabilities supported by Brandon Trust came together with staff, management, ambassadors and trustees, as well as local officials and dignitaries, to have their say on transport and employment issues that are important to their lives.
The 100 People, 100 Voices learning disabilities conference, held at BAWA Centre, in Filton, gave a voice to over 150 people with learning disabilities as they spoke about the problems they face in gaining employment and using public transport.
After the conference, Brandon Trust collected all the views expressed on the day, in a:
In attendance at the event were delegates from Mencap and other organisations, as well as the candidates to be for Mayor of Bristol George Ferguson – Independent, Marvin Rees – Labour and Neil Maggs – Respect Party. They, together with Vice-chairman of South Gloucestershire Council, Councillor Ian Boulton, Bristol North West MP Charlotte Leslie and the Lord Mayor of Bristol, Councillor Peter Main, all promised to take the messages back to their teams and champion the objectives.
Brandon Trust ambassador, Kaliya Franklin, captivated with a speech and quiz covering transport issues and encouraging people to add their voting rights to their voices, to get their message across and their needs met. MPs were encouraged to listen to these voices, the voices of potential voters and take steps towards providing for their needs.
Brandon Trust Chief Executive, Lucy Hurst-Brown said, "It's been a humbling, fantastic day and very inspiring. I want to say thank you to all the people who have come."
"We have heard about specific problems regarding using public transport and we all need to do something about it. We will gather information and look at carefully putting together a plan for Brandon Trust."
"We will try very hard to make a difference and move the issues forward."
Bristol North West MP Charlotte Leslie said: "Brandon Trust's work and everything they do is driven by you (the people with learning disabilities supported by Brandon Trust) and it's so impressive. It's really good to see so many people at the conference."
Bristol Lord Mayor Cllr Peter Main said: "It's so important to listen to people with learning disabilities. It is great to see Brandon Trust working on the employment issues from last year's conference. I am here to support the work of Brandon Trust."
On Wednesday, 6th of February 2013, Brandon Trust launched the 100 Voices on Transport report at the House of Commons.
On the day, speeches were opened by Chief Executive, Lucy Hurst-Brown, introducing Charlotte Leslie MP for Bristol North West who was followed by Bristol's first elected Mayor, George Ferguson. But the highlight of the event impassioned speeches of Joe Jones, who is supported by Brandon Trust in the London area and Jevon Smith, who is a Travel Buddy with Brandon Trust, in Bristol. First Group spokesperson Karen Baxter presented the last speech of the day, before Lucy Hurst-Brown's closing thoughts.
As a result of Brandon Trust's involvement in transport issues for people with learning disabilities, our Chief Executive Lucy Hurst-Brown has been invited to present oral evidence to the Transport Select Committee, on the 11th of March 2013. This will inform their inquiry, "Disabled Access to Transport", which investigates the effectiveness of legislation relating to transport for disabled people.