Positive You is fun and creative training to give people with a learning disability good confidence and self esteem to help them to get the best possible life. The training is designed and delivered by self-advocate Leah Jones, along with support staff Jade French.
Positive You works with people using arts and crafts, supporting them to express themselves in their own special ways, transforming attitudes and promoting positivity around learning disability along the way. We offer a full four week training programme, as well as one day workshops and special events and campaigns.
Who we are
"When I went to school I didn’t have any confidence at all I used to talk through my Mum and when someone asked me a question I would look at my Mum to answer for me. At the time I felt like I hid in a shell and that my opinions didn't matter. I used to be shy at the thought of looking at people in case that they didn't like me or I just used to doubt myself back then.
Thankfully that's no longer the case.
I later joined a self-advocacy group that helps people with learning disabilities to speak up for themselves. I learnt how to do this with their help and learnt all about my rights. With this new outlook, I designed Positive You. I am determined that people with a learning disability feel proud about who they are."
Confidence and self-esteem are so important. People with learning disabilities in particular are often told that they are not good at things, leaving them with low self-esteem and little confidence in themselves. Learning disabled people are sometimes bullied too, also damaging their feelings of self-worth. National organisations like Mencap know this is a problem for learning disabled people and have done campaigns like Living In Fear to show this is a real problem.