About Us

Changing Our Lives works in partnership with disabled people and people with lived experience of mental health difficulties to find solutions to social injustice and health inequality.  Our work takes a community development approach as we know from experience that local people and communities are best placed to find their own solutions to local problems. For this reason whilst we have a range of approaches, including People’s Parliaments and Quality of Life and Quality of Health programmes, we are continually developing new approaches in partnership with local people that work to address inequality and injustice.

We work locally but we always aim for our work to impact at a national level encouraging improvements in policy and practice development. We focus on finding solutions and achieving outcomes that will result in equality, social inclusion and self-determination.

 

Read more about our work in our Annual reports:

annualreport2016   Annual Report 2015-16    AnnRep Annual Report 2014-15

Coproduction

We work with disabled people of all ages as equal partners to design, deliver and evaluate all of our work.

Outcome Driven

We focus on finding solutions and achieving outcomes that will result in equality, social inclusion and self-determination.

Community Development

Our work takes a community development approach. We believe, and know, from experience that local people and communities are best placed to find their own solutions to local problems.

No one is too disabled

All of our work is rooted in the belief that no one is too disabled to lead an ordinary life. We work with many people who are labelled as too disabled to work, to live independently and to live what we term an ordinary life.

Aspirational

We don’t believe disabled people’s lives should be limited or defined by disability. We are aspirational in our expectations for disabled people.

Person-centred

We put the person at the heart of all that we do. Our work uses a range of person-centred approaches and tools to enable people to have self-determined lives.

Innovation & Creativity

We utilise a range of technologies and arts based media to both engage with people and achieve positive change.

Developing Relationships

We develop and nurture strategic friendships and partnerships and draw on these to bring about positive improvements to people’s lives.

Ambitious & Success Driven

Our team always aims for success, seeing the end goal and then devising a creative strategy to get there.

Work local, think National

We work locally with disabled people but we always aim for our work to impact at a national level encouraging improvements in policy and practice development.

Leadership development

Working alongside disabled people, we enable them to develop leadership skills so they can change hearts and minds and begin to build a more inclusive and equal society.