We have been running since 1984 when Alice Etherington, our founder, went to an International People First conference in Canada. When she came back, she set up a speaking-up group with four adults with learning difficulties.
Camden People First (CPF) grew from there into a self-advocacy organisation.
We became a company in 2005 and a registered charity in 2007.
Camden People First -"Bigger and Stronger Together"
Camden People First is led and run by adults with learning difficulties. We want to make life better for people with learning difficulties in Camden by us having full rights, having our say, and leading change.
Why we are unique
Unique means “one of a kind”, or different.
Camden People First is unique because we are the only organisation in Camden that is run and led by people with learning difficulties.
We are led by 10 trustees who all have learning difficulties.
What is self-advocacy?
Self-advocacy is the ability to speak-up for yourself and the things that are important to you. Self-advocacy means you are able to ask for what you need and want and tell people about your thoughts and feelings. Self-advocacy means you know your rights and responsibilities, you speak-up for your rights, and you are able to make choices and decisions that affect your life. The goal of self-advocacy is for YOU to decide what you want then develop and carry out a plan to help you get it. It does not mean you can’t get help if you need or want it, it just means that you are making the choices and you have to be responsible for the choices you make.
It is important to learn self-advocacy skills because it helps you decide what you want and what is possible for you to expect. When you have good self-advocacy skills you can have more control and make the life decisions that are best for you. Self-advocacy helps to empower you, to speak-up for yourself and make decisions about your life.
People with disabilities speaking up for themselves, making decisions about their lives, and taking action to claiming their rights. Being more involved with your life.