Skillnet – Equality and Human Rights project Skillnet workshop

Skillnet Group is a social enterprise working with and supporting people with a learning disability or a learning difficulty. They aim to promote strong and inclusive communities and campaign for and promote human rights.

This excellent project helps people with a learning difficulty to understand about their own and other people’s human rights.

Skillnet develops projects to enable people to move into work and become more independent. Their Equality and Human Rights project has been funded by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

More about Skillnet

Awareness raising activities

  • Training people with and without a learning difficulty about their human rights so that they can train wider groups of people.
  • Providing workshops and information sessions for mixed groups of people about rights, discrimination and equality. This includes: ethnicity, race, religion, culture, gender, disability, sexuality and age. The workshops are a mixture of discussion-based groups, performing arts and theatre workshops and performances.
  • Developing a training pack that can be used by groups of people when they meet to discuss and debate issues about equality, rights and understanding about the wider world and cultures.
  • Visiting residential homes, day centres and other places where people with a learning difficulty meet to talk about human rights issues and how they can stand up for their rights.
  • Providing and circulating more accessible information about equality, human rights and the law.

Skillnet Group Projects

Skillnet runs a number of innovative projects including a jargon busting project and a schools project. Their ‘Being Seen Being Heard’ project raises awareness of the everyday problems people with a learning difficulty face when they visit the doctor’s surgery or go into hospital. Skillnet has four ‘Speaking Up’ self advocacy groups to support people with learning difficulties. These groups ensure people know their rights and responsibilities and encourages people to become involved in local decision making.
They also run an Eco Shed which aims to help people with learning difficulties to learn new skills and gain work experience.

Community Building

Skillnet makes links with local communities to help build up strong local knowledge. This enables people with a learning difficulty to have an equal place as citizens within mainstream society and are not segregated. They have made links with: police, housing departments, local forums, community groups, schools, ethical companies, district partnership groups, and providers of public transport.


Published: 21 August 2010

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