Short, Black N Sides

Ever heard the term 'black don't crack'? Well, it does! This barbershop project is running in Sandwell and aims to tackle stigma surrounding mental health in black minority ethnic (BME) communities.Read more

Fundraise

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Volunteer

Working with Changing Our Lives have given me great experience and opened my eyes to what is possible!Read more

We need you!

Our team of volunteers are incredibly important to us and we are always looking for new volunteers to join us. We currently have 3 opportunities.Read more

Annual Review

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2018 / 19 schedule

Our specialised team combines extensive experience, highly skilled and tenacious, professionals that are known for an innovative and outcomes based approach to practice and delivery.Read more

Jayne: Beyond Words

Jayne doesn’t use words to communicate but that doesn’t stop her from getting her point of view across. Jayne is a really determined woman, knows her own mind and is very sociable. However, over the years Jayne has been labelled as ‘challenging’ and denied opportunities because of this label. At one stage Jayne was not ‘allowed’ to go out into the community, as staff were afraid she would be aggressive. This short sighted view limited Jayne’s possibilities and kept her segregated for years.Read more

David: a home of my own

My name is David. I am my own man! I know what I like and what I don’t like, and I am confident to communicate this to people. Sometimes people judge me because I have a learning disability. Some people didn’t think I would be able to live in my own home, but my mom was determined that I could, and now guess what – I am happy living in my own home!Read more

Best practice

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Lesley: Connecting to the 'real world'

‘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 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 all enables me to do awesomRead more

Safe Places Volunteer

Do you love talking to people and being part of the local community? Are you interested in making sure disabled people and older people are part of their local area and feel safe when out and about?Read more

Mental Health People's Parliament

The People’s Parliament is a strategic body led by MPs with recent lived experience of mental health difficulties. Its function is to hold decision makers to account for improvements in services and supports so that people who experience mental health difficulties can have an improved quality of life and be in greater control of their own mental wellbeing. The Parliament is located in the Metropolitan Borough of Sandwell, just outside of Birmingham.Read more

Testimonials

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Areas of our work

All of our work aims to enable disabled people and people with experience of mental health difficulties to lead ‘ordinary lives’ where they make their own decisions and are in control of their own lives. As experiences of disability and mental health bring many challenges, some external to the person and some internalised, we have created a range of approaches which include:Read more

Arts

We use the arts to engage with people, develop their creative abilities and enable them to challenge injustice and inequality.Read more

Postural Care

We all need to look after our posture. For some of us it's as simple as sitting up correctly at our computer. But for those of us who struggle to move our own bodies, for example if we have a complex disability, looking after our posture is even more important. If we don’t look after our posture, this can lead to debilitating health complications.Read more