"After taking the Speaking Out Forum course, I was invited by Mencap to go to Parliament to speak up on a disability issue."
"People are now listening to what I am saying"
"The public speaking course has given me confidence"
"When I go for a check-up, they now talk to me, not my mother"
"I enjoy every moment of the lessons. I found it very useful as I learn the type of speech. I enjoy breathing exercises and power exercises and voice exercises."
"Knowing how to project my voice has helped me a lot."
"Listening to other people is very important to me now."
"When I go on the bus, if any unkind comments are thrown at me, I no longer wait for the bus driver to speak up for me. I can speak up for myself now."
"I can now help other young people and speak up for them if they are in need."
"I have really enjoyed the whole experience. I didn't know what to expect and I decided to give it a try. I found the whole thing really enjoyable and I liked being part of the group."
"The breathing and voice exercises are helping me to be calm when I am speaking out"
"Learning about mindfulness has helped me to feel calm inside."
"Since undertaking the Speaking Out Forum public speaking sessions, I have been asked to become an ambassador for my organisation."
"People are acting differently towards me since I am more able to express myself."
"I enjoyed all of the training sessions and I found them very useful. I enjoyed being able to talk in front of people and to gain more confidence."
"By learning about listening skills, I've learnt to allow others in the group the space to speak and wait for my turn."