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Leaders with Lived Experience

Too often the social sector ignores the life experiences of the people and communities they serve, but what if we used them as drivers for change?

We’re looking for a group of people based in Birmingham and Bristol, who have direct lived experience of social injustice and are in the early stages of using these experiences to drive positive change.

We believe that first-hand experience of social issues, like addiction and homelessness, gives a legitimate understanding of the challenges that people in similar circumstances are facing, and an authentic insight to the potential solutions needed. We call these people experts by experience.

Over the next four months, we will work alongside a group of experts by experience in each city to address the key barriers preventing people from using their life experiences to lead change. In both locations we will engage influencers and organisations to collaborate with and identify a joint challenge that needs to change.

Our goal is for more experts by experience to be in positions of power and influence, so they can use their lived expertise to pioneer, lead and co-create positive social change in society.

Any questions? Get in touch with Shamiela Ahmed


ABOUT YOU

WHAT'S IN IT FOR ME?

 
  • Space and time to identify and challenge the systems that promote social inequality
  • Opportunity to collaborate and explore big ideas with a peer group of experts by their own experiences
  • Training to carry out interviews and analyse the findings
  • Support to design and lead a workshop that highlights the barriers identified by the group
  • Opportunity to expand and strengthen networks across the city with organisations relevant to your practice
  • Payment of £500 to participate
  • Tailored practical support to apply for funding

ELIGIBILITY

 
  • Have direct personal experience of social injustice(s) (we call this ‘lived expertise’)*
  • Be in the early stages of using their lived expertise to drive positive change: by working within an existing organisation (e.g. charity, community groups, private or public body); by setting up your own initiative; through campaigning and/or other advocacy work
  • Have a proven commitment, passion and/or drive to challenge social injustice and inequality within the current systems and structures in society that hold power
  • Be available to engage in the project over the next 4-6 months
  • Be aged 18 or over
  • Live in the Bristol or Birmingham region.
Bristol application submission
Applications are now open! You can submit a video application or a written application – whichever you find easiest. The deadline for all applications is 10am, Tuesday 3rd April 2018.
Want to find out more? Come to our Experts by Experience dinner on Thursday 22 March at Bristol Energy Hub to meet the team. Click here to book your free ticket. Workshops will run from 9.30am-3.30pm on the following dates:
Workshop 1 and 2: Workshop 3 and 4: Workshop 5 and 6:
Workshop 1 Thursday 11 April Workshop 3 Thursday 24 May Workshop 5 Thursday 21 June
Workshop 2 Thursday 3 May Workshop 4 Thursday 14 June Workshop 6 Thursday 12 July
Birmingham Application Submission
Applications are now open! You can submit a video application or a written application – whichever you find easiest. The deadline for all applications is 10am, Monday 26th March 2018.
Workshops will run from 9.30am-3.30pm on the following dates:
Workshop 1 and 2: Workshop 3 and 4: Workshop 5 and 6:
Workshop 1 Wednesday 4 April Workshop 3 Thursday 17 May Workshop 5 Thursday 14 June
Workshop 2 Wednesday 25th April Workshop 4 Thursday 7 June Workshop 6 Wednesday 4 July

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Leaders of Lived Experience


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