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FromBack L-R: Josh, Paul, Ryan, Linda(supporter), Allan, Martin(supporter). Front L-R: Jo(supporter), Alice, Lizzie, Alysson(supporter), Laura(supporter).

Wecan2 was project managed by Mencap and  funded by the Department of Children, Families and Schools. It ran from 2005 to March 2008 in conjunction with the youth service participation teams in Blackpool and Devon.

The project was led by young people with a learning disability, they researched barriers to their involvement in formal participation and looed at ways they could overcome them and take part more fully.

More and more local, regional and national organisations across different sectors want to know the views of children and young people. The development of Children’s Trusts and new duties such as Positive Activities and the Disability Equality Duty, initiatives in Aiming High the ten-year youth strategy all require local authorities to seek the views of children and young people. It is important that young people with a learning disability are also involved in this process.

This website charts the process, experiences and the ideas of young people with a learning disability to have their views heard alongside other young people. We hope you will find their ideas and experiences of use to you in your work.

For more information or to discuss ways to support the active involvement of young people contact

Paul Smithson
Youth Participation Officer

Wecan2... have a say, take part and be heard!

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