What is the Choice Forum?

People sharing ideas

A forum is a place where people can talk to each other.

The Choice Forum is a place where people talk to each other on the internet.

They talk about things to help people with learning disabilities to have a good life.


Woman typing on a computer

If you join the Choice Forum, you can:

  • read messages
  • answer messages that other people have written
  • write about something important to you.



What if I have questions?

Call us for help

If you need help with using the Choice Forum, call us on 01865 600034.



How to keep safe on the Choice Forum

Do not give out personal information

Don’t tell anyone

  • your full name
  • your phone number
  • your address or your email address.


Phone our helpline

If anything troubles you while using the Choice Forum, please tell a person you trust or call our helpline on 01865 600034.


The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities has more information about staying safe online.


How do I use the Choice Forum?

typing

Here are some tips to get you started:

1. How can I join the Choice Forum?

2. How do I log in to the Choice Forum?

3. How do I start a new topic?

4. How do I write a message?

5. How can I reply to someone else’s message?



1. How can I join the Choice Forum?

You need to be at least 18 years old to join.

Go to the page our.choiceforum.org. In the top right corner, click this button:
signup


A form will pop up:

Create New Account form


You need to fill in these boxes:

Email: Your email address.
Username: To stay safe online, choose a made-up name. Don’t use your real name.
Password: Should be a mix of letters and numbers (at least 8 of them).

Tick the two boxes at the bottom.

Then click this button:

Create New Account button


You will get an email from noreply@our.choiceforum.org. Click the link in this email to become a member.

If you don’t get the email, check if it has gone into your email account’s Junk E-mail folder/Spam folder. You may want to ask somebody to help you do this.

If you need help becoming a member, call us on 01865 600034.


2. How do I log in to the Choice Forum?

Go to the page our.choiceforum.org.

Click on the Log In button in the top right corner:

Log In button


A box will come up:

Log In form


Put in your Username and Password, then click on the blue “Log In” button.


3. How do I start a new topic?

Log in (see above). Then click on the grey button which says +New Topic near the top right:

New Topic button



4. How do I write a message?

When you start a new topic, you will see a word processor at the bottom of the screen:

createnewtopic1


Give your message a title.

Write your message in the bottom left window. You can also add pictures by dragging and dropping them from your computer into this window.

The window to the right shows what your message will look like on the forum.

Choose a category from the drop-down menu.

Then, click the + Create Topic button:

createnewtopic2



5. How can I reply to someone else’s message?

To reply to a topic or a message that is already there, use the Reply button below the topic you want to reply to:

Click the Reply button to reply to a message


Now write your message (see How do I write a message? above).