Peoples Parliament

Darlington's Peoples Parliament  are a group of adults with a learning impairment (sometimes called a learning disability) and/or autism.

We are a self-advocacy group which means we work on speaking up for ourselves and understanding our rights and responsibilities and building confidence to speak up for yourself and others. Parliament is an opportunity to make friends and learn new things.

We are supported by Darlington Association on Disability, sometimes known as DAD.


People come along to the group to: 

  • Have their views listened to.
  • Find out about their rights.
  • Meet new people.
  • Help us fight for disabled peoples’ rights.
  • Influence and challenge local and national issues affecting people with a learning impairment and/or Autism.

We discuss important issues like health and social care, jobs, housing, anti-social behaviour (bullying and bad behaviour), training and other day to day issues.

Meetings are free to attend, transport can be provided .  If you would rather just hear about our work or contribute on a one to one basis or by post we have a non active membership available with the option to come to meetings and events as desired.

We meet on Mondays once a month, 10am – 2.30pm.

We are also interested in hearing from parent carers, family members or interested parties, particularly those who support a person with complex needs.

If you want any more information contact Jenny Byers on: phone 01325 489999 or text on 07624818780 or email



How you can support us

As a local organisation we very much rely on the support of our local community, and continue to support people flexibly to have greater choice and control and remove the barriers that disabled people and children experience in their everyday lives. We support over 2,000 people every year.  But we need your help.

Click here to find out how you can support us

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