Associates Since the organisation was established in 2002, we have been committed to employing people with lived experience of disability and mental health difficulties. We believe that the closer you are to the issue, the closer you are to the solution and it naturally follows that we would pay people with lived experience to work in coproduction alongside us to shape solutions together. The majority of our associates have relevant lived experience, some have professional experience, and some have a combination of both. However, we don’t simply choose our associates because they have lived experience of disability or mental health difficulties; they are chosen because they are skilled and knowledgeable in a variety of different fields and most importantly because we have a shared vision of human rights and an ordinary life. Associates deliver work to the high standard that we are expectant of. For this reason, we headhunt our associates.