Former Prime Minister Theresa May was well known for her love of shoes. In June 2017, we asked her to try on a new pair for size.
“We are asking you to take a day and walk in our shoes and see what a person with different complex needs has to deal with on a day-to-day basis.”
Sally, supported by Hft in Leeds
People we support say the people who run our country don’t give their hopes and concerns the same attention as those of people without disabilities.
As a social care provider, we’ve seen that the voice of people with learning disabilities is often overlooked even when social care is part of the debate. An example of this is the upcoming Green Paper on social care, which only focuses on the elderly.
That’s why the people we support and Hft are calling on politicians to spend time with people with a learning disability, and hear what life is like for them.
“Take a walk in the lives of people with disabilities and see what we have to face.”
Becky, supported by Hft in Gloucestershire
So how’s the campaign going?
- In May we organised a Thunderclap calling on Theresa May to ask her MPs to visit their local Hft service and find out what it’s like to #walkinourshoes. Over 100 people supported the Thunderclap across Facebook and Twitter, helping to spread the word to up to 70,000 others.
- On Monday 7 June two members of Voices to be Heard went to Downing Street to hand deliver as ‘special delivery’ a pair of custom-made shoes to Theresa May, along with a letter providing information about our campaign. The shoes were decorated with the faces of people supported by Hft, as well as Hft’s signature purple and gold colours.
- And on 18 July we received a response from Downing Street – take a look at the letter from Theresa May’s office below, along with a copy of our original letter.