This project involved people with a learning disability who followed a six month course that taught them how to vote, and looked at why voting is important.
The group then delivered workshops in every borough of London, reaching over 500 people with a learning disability.
In the final stage of the project, a toolkit was developed.
This was designed as an eight week training course for people with a learning disability. Once someone has completed the training course they will be able to deliver workshops to other groups in their area.
By clicking on the links below, you can download course guides for the Count me in! toolkit.
The toolkit can be used in two different ways. The first five weeks can be run as a complete course, during which the learners gain a detailed knowledge of how the political and voting systems work. Following this, if appropriate, weeks 6, 7 and 8 can be taken.
These are sessions which will enable the learners to become trainers themselves. Following the completion of these last three sessions, the learners will be able to go out and, with support, deliver a two hour workshop to other people with a learning disability on the issues that they have learnt about.
Course plan and resources
Manual – This provides a detailed breakdown of the ways that the toolkit is intended to be used.
Week 1 – Explains the outline of the course to the learners, giving them an opportunity to get to know each other whilst allowing the tutor to assess their level of pre-existing knowledge
Week 2 – What is politics and how does it affect us?
Week 3 – The political pyramid
Week 4 – Visit to local government
Week 5 – How to vote
Weeks 6, 7 and 8 – Train the trainer sessions – eye spy, the political pyramid, you vote