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SPEAKING Up for Disability History Project is looking for volunteers, both disabled and non-disabled, to work in a variety of different roles from its base in Goring.

Volunteers will work as part of a team contributing to all areas of the project: recording oral history interviews, historical research, planning an exhibition, editing web pages and scanning photos. Full training will be given and travel expenses covered.

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and coordinated by the Goring-based charity, Voice for Disability, Speaking Up for Disability will record the stories and explore the history of disabled people in West Sussex since the 1940s. The voices of disabled people are often not heard and their experiences are rarely included in the telling of our history. This project will gather those stories, sharing them through a website, exhibition and educational resource.

Gemma Crowther, Chief Executive of Voice for Disability, said: “All too frequently the history of disabled people has been overlooked. This is a great opportunity to change that in West Sussex.” More information can be obtained from Esther Gill at Voice for Disability on: 01903 244457 or esther@stories.co.uk