ABOUT CLEARLY SPEAKING
Clearly Speaking has been around since 2002, and in 2010 we worked hard to open our first indepandant children and family centre, hidden away next door to the youth centre in Buckingham, slowly glowing strength to strength thanks to the director of Clearly Speaking, Janet Nicks and her fabulous team of volunteers. The purpose of Clearly Speaking is to improve the lives of all children and young people who struggle with any level of special needs or disability.
We specialise in providing both help and advice, with services and intervention for those families living with special needs suchas Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Aspergers Syndrome and all associated difficulties like D.A.M.P, ADHD, specific learning issues like Dyslexia aswell as Torrettes syndrom.
We work very hard to address the inequality often experienced by children and young people throughout education, leisure and as they work hard to build social relationships and friendships. We also work hard to provide opportunities for children, young people and their families to enjoy the feeling of belonging and of success whenever possible
The national shortage of provision across all statutory services and the subsequent strain on local charities and voluntary organisations suchas ours has seen our organisation grow very quickly.
Clearly Speaking will ensure that all parents, carers, and young people can ‘self-refer’ and receive access to all the organisations specialist services free of charge. Families can also be referred by any of the local statutory agencies, GP, CAMs, Schools and nurseries, healthcare, social care, Connexions and youth advisory services etc…
The Director of Clearly Speaking Janet Nicks, a parent of two (now grown adults) children, one with ADHD/ ODDe and Asperger’s Syndrome, while the other suffers with significant medical needs alongside ASD, Dyspraxia and learning difficulties. Both continue to receive help and support from Janet while they both also supported Janet to build the charitable organisation to benefit others who need essential guidance and support.
Janet has spent much of the time raising her children alone and at key points, with only state benefits as income. It was for this reason she setup a charitable arm to the growing business. She feels that no child should be disadvantaged due to race, creed or their parent’s difficulty in accessing a high quality of advice and support due to financial or educational restraints.
The Charity aim of Clearly Speaking will ensure that all parents, carers, and young people can ‘self-refer’ and receive access to all the organisations specialist services free of charge. Families can also be referred by any of the local statutory agencies, health, social care, education, Connexions youth advisory service etc.
Janet has experienced at first hand the anxiety and frustration of fighting for diagnosis and resources to enable her children to make progress in all areas of their development. She has spent much time raising her children alone and at times, with only state benefits as income. Janet struggles with her own physical disabilities which causes her severe pain and discomfort on a daily basis, making mobility a real struggle, despite her condition, Janet still manages to come into the Clearly Speaking Centre every week alongside her outreach work with other schools and services, by having local access to the centre, it allows Janet to see families on a regular basis instead of travelling around the countryside when she is in great pain.
As of 2015, Janet has setup another charitable arm of Clearly Speaking called Clearly Cool Clubs, which will expand Janet’s efforts into scheduled, organised activities and clubs on a weekly basis and to ensure appropriate support is available for those who need it to ensure they have an equal opportunity to take part.