Whatever we’re doing in life, we hope for and often take for granted certain things such as having a partner, a good job, or living in our own home. These are ordinary and everyday things that make up our life. Disabled people and people with mental health difficulties are often faced with barriers which make these everyday, ordinary things very difficult to achieve. Some of these barriers may be internal, but more often than not society places barriers in the way of individuals. These barriers can be other people’s attitudes, a lack of creative thinking or physical barriers.
In Changing Our Lives we know from experience that if people are given the right levels of support and good information then an ordinary life is quite achievable. The ordinary life stories below illustrate just that.
See how Oscar is developing his skills as a graphic facilitator with Changing Our Lives.Read more
Katy explains how a Direct Payment has enabled her to take control of her life.Read more
Sonja has been employed in Sandwell council for 10 years and is flourishing in her career.Read more
Marion’s story reveals the impact of community connecting.Read more
When Caprice began working with us, she was quiet and lacked confidence and self-belief. She’s now a striking, confident young woman in her third year of university. Here are her thoughts on her journey.Read more
Beth left school at the age of 19 with no robust plans in place. Her mum was very concerned about what the future held for Beth.Read more
Changing Our Lives supports disabled people to live an ordinary life.Read more
Lesley started working with us as part of a poetry project called Poets First! This was an ideal project for Lesley as she reads and writes a lot, and spent lots of time pursuing these interests alone.Read more
David was labelled as ‘difficult’ and ‘challenging’ but as a result of powerful family advocacy, now lives in his own home.Read more
Jenny’s life story told from her experiences in a long stay hospital in her late teens through to her life now, in her own home and out on the town!Read more