Get involved with our new campaign Get involved in our new campaign! Are you interested in getting creative? Changing Our Lives are looking for young people to get involved with our Common Ground project, working on an exciting new social media campaign: “Your new normal. My normal.” Common Ground aims to bring together young disabled people and their non-disabled peers to build connections. Throughout the course of the Covid-19 pandemic, we’ve seen an increased awareness of loneliness. Some people are saying they are feeling lonely and isolated from their communities and families, donning the phrase “the new normal”. For some young people, these feelings of loneliness are the everyday normal. Loneliness is often seen as an issue that mainly affects the elderly, however, the ‘Let’s Talk Loneliness’ campaign shows that people aged 18-24 are most likely to say they have felt lonely (UK Youth). At Changing Our Lives, we wanted to capture the stories of young people and their families. If you are aged 9 – 25, you can get involved in the campaign by taking photographs, painting, drawing, sewing, writing poetry, spoken word, rap or taking videos (the possibilities are endless!) and submitting them to be included in the campaign. We are asking for pieces of work to explore one of, or all of, the following themes: My normal – an insight into your everyday. Barriers – what stops you from feeling connected and having friendships? Loneliness – what loneliness looks like for you. These themes have been created to help inspire your creativity and are open to your personal interpretation. We don’t want to restrict your creativity and we invite you to explore what these themes may mean to you. For each piece of work that you submit, you will need to write a short description about the work and why you created it. Your work will be shared on our social media channels, our website and some pieces of work will feature in an online exhibition with Wolverhampton Art Gallery later on this summer. You will be notified if your work has been selected once the deadline has passed. In 2021 our aim is to bring together young disabled people, their non-disabled peers and families to celebrate the success of the campaign and those behind it. The event will encourage young people to tell their stories and build connections with their peers. Deadline for submissions is 28th August at 4pm. Your work will be shared on our website and social media pages throughout the length of the campaign. You can submit your work by filling out a short online form by following this link: https://forms.gle/eyaNdwBy3TZPRgoj9 You can then email your work, for example a photograph, voice note or video, to Georgia Wilkinson at [email protected] Please include your full name in the subject line of the email. If you have any further questions about the campaign or need any support with filling in the online form, please get in touch with Georgia.