We support children and young people with disabilities to speak up for their rights
and be recognised as young people first, whatever their disability.
We enable children and young people to lead policy development and shape services and support so we can be in control of our own lives. We work locally and think nationally!
The Changing Our Lives presentation was wonderful Lesley, you are a great public speaker. Of all of the presentations this morning, everyone is talking about yours!
It's great that we are not just using co-production in the Act,but that we can see it in action through the work that CYL does.
Lesley is really enthusiastic and passionate about the work that she does, a fantastic presentation.
I just wanted to say a massive congratulations to you and all the fantastic young people for putting together a fantastic and inspirational morning. It’s been one of my most enjoyable occasions in my work. The messages were profound and inspiring and I’m sure you will see lots of work as a result.
You know that I am committed to the Local Offer being co-produced with parents and young people so I look forward to following that through with you.
I was honoured to work alongside the Changing Our Lives team on the arts outreach programme into schools. We arrived at each session armed with blank paper, pens and visitors badges and left each one with poems, smiles and memories.
The workshop has made such a positive impact on the students. I’m shocked to have heard such emotional and personal poetry.
It is important that their voices are heard and using poetry is a creative and engaging way to do this.
I have never seen this class so engaged and interested in literature. I will definitely see my students in a different light now.
I will be using poetry a lot more in my lessons and Dreadlock Alien has proved that it can be made engaging and fun!
Since I was a kid people would say I lived in an ‘unreal’ world because I read A LOT and never went out or bothered with other people. But since I’ve been working with Changing Our Lives, I’ve been given lots of opportunities such as this one, which have allowed me to connect to the ‘real’ world and have experiences like everyone else.
From taking the bus, to independent train travel, to using the London Underground, as well as being able to meet so many amazing and interesting people, allowing me to do awesome things.
The Ideas Festival was a great opportunity for young people and professionals to meet together. The event was full of inspirational and aspirational young people, keen to build a brighter future for themselves and their peers.
The Young Leaders from Changing our Lives did an excellent job of facilitating including engaging adult partcipants in a range of creative workshops. A worthwhile use of everyone’s time!
Keep up the good work…
This was my first experience of an Ideas Festival, and to be honest, I was blown away by the positivity of everyone at the event. The confidence of the young people who were there was really impressive, and it made me realise how much more we could learn by properly listening to them and working with them as equals.
The creative ways in which the workshops brought young people and adults together has given me some good ideas about how to take forward partnership working in the future.
The session worked well because of Lesley and Kashmire's facilitation skills and personal accounts. A very powerful, informative training session.
I really enjoyed the session. It was fantastic to hear the views directly from the young people. Well done on a fantastically run session!
It's been a fab year with you guys. I'll never forget the moment I arrived at the Changing Young Lives launch back on 4th April and got a huge cheer and applause as you'd found out about my MYP election! It's been a pleasure in 2014 and truly cannot wait for 2015 to arrive to continue the brilliant work both CYL and COL do!
Changing Young Lives is a chance for young people with disabilities to say hang on a minute we don't like to be pushed down; we've been pushed down for long enough. People with disabilities are rising and when we do we will show you what we want and this might not be what you think we need.
It's important for young people to have a voice right across the country. Our voice needs to be put on a level playing field with adults who make decisions
Phone: 0300 302 0770
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Address: Changing Our Lives, 22-24 Hagley Mews, Hall Drive, Hagley, DY9 9LQ