At Changing Our Lives, we are passionate about leadership and are always looking to invest in the leaders of tomorrow. We know through our work nationally that disabled people and people with lived experience of mental health difficulties from minority ethnic communities are seldom offered leadership opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. Social identification is embedded within the programmes as we understand the significance identity plays in influencing how people see themselves and how they interact with others.

We create bespoke leadership development programmes, like Rights for All, to explore individual’s expectations and aspirations for themselves to better understand what they want for their future and how they can achieve this. Programmes are set within a human rights context, giving individuals an understanding of how universal human rights can unlock opportunities, widen their knowledge and help them to manage many of the most critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face throughout life. Young people are matched with mentors that they can identify with to support them to work through their individual leadership journeys.

"Growing up I have always been very opinionated, but I was quite shy to speak out. This changed for the better when I began ‘Rights for All’, a ground-breaking leadership development programme. Being paired with a mentor from the professional world boosted my confidence and empowered me to voice, not only my own opinions, but the opinions of other young people. It also helped me to build a network of friends across the West Midlands." - Caprice, Rights for All alumni

Stories from Rights for All alumni:

Caprice:

Kashmire:

Monique: