It is very important for disabled people and people with lived experience of mental health difficulties to influence policy making. A policy sets out rules, laws or the way things need to be. They are written in national government and locally in councils and Clinical Commissioning Groups. These policies influence the way we all live and come to think about the world around us.

Disabled people, people with lived experience of mental health difficulties, like many others, have traditionally been left out of policy making. This is gradually improving but often people’s views and experiences are captured through consultation processes. Changing Our Lives is committed to the principles of coproduction and as such, we work in and with communities to develop policy and practice. 

National and Local Standards

Below are national and local standards that are influencing practice, service design and policy making. All of these standards have been designed by disabled people and people with lived experience of mental health difficulties.

Quality of Life Standards and Toolkit

Quality of Life Mental Health Standards

Guides and reports relating to best practice

Making Written Things Easier to Understand

This guide explains how to write and design accessible documents.

 An introduction to coproduction

This short guide explains the basic principles underlying coproduction, the benefits and some examples.

Common Ground Report

Common Ground is a community connecting project to reduce loneliness and social isolation for young disabled people and young people with mental health difficulties from BME communities across Walsall and Birmingham.

Sky’s the Limit

This project worked with disabled young people from Wolverhampton with the aim of putting them in control of their own lives.

Real Lives, Real Homes

This is an example of a Quality of Life review. It focussed on the quality of life of 60 people with learning disabilities living in supported living in Sandwell.

Enabling Independence

This report looks at the impact of our programme of training and development on a staff team in a short break service.