On Wednesday 18th April, Siraaj and I firstly met Judy Allcock who has found out about the Parliament and was interested in being an MP. When we arrived, we told Judy a bit about the work Changing Our Lives does and then we told her about what the actual Parliament itself was about. We said the Parliament was like the Parliament in Westminster in London. The only difference itself was that the MPs will be adults with a learning disability and that the Parliament would be on employment.
We told Judy about that were 3 outcomes that we wanted to achieve which were :
We then told Judy our experience with Changing Our Lives and why we got involved. I said that I started 2 years ago with my work placement and how I was really quiet and wouldn't talk to anyone but then I talked about Takeover Day and Whole of Life. Siraaj talked about his national work and how he sits on the national health advisory board.
Then after we were done meeting Judy, we went to do 2 sessions at Dudley College and we gave a presentation with a bit a of background information on Changing Our Lives, People's Parliament and again the 3 outcomes. At the end of the sessions, we had 6 people interested being MPs.
So watch this space!!!
On the 2nd April, Siraaj and I met with Chris Sims (who works for the Mencap Employment Service based in Wolverhampton but works in Wolverhampton and Walsall.) Chris Sims role in the Employment Service is to help people with a disability to find a job.
Welcome to the first entry in G’s fantastic new blog!!!
I’m Gina Patel, I work for Changing Our Lives and this is my first ever entry!
I got involved with Changing Our Lives originally in July 2010 when I approached them to do my work experience placement while I was in year 10 at School and have never left!
Changing Our Lives has been supporting people on the Autistic Spectrum to use photography as a medium to express themselves, get out in to their communities and photograph the sights they see.
Changing Our Lives supported people to learn how to use point and shoot and professional SLR cameras and to find interesting things in their homes, gardens and communities to photograph.
Displayed here are a range of images showing their progression in to photography.
Jess and Andy working on the Safe Place training presentations for Wolverhampton.
They will be visiting day services over the next few weeks to tell everyone about the scheme before the official launch on 09th March 2012.
The Young Women and Theatre project gathered the views of over 140 young women both with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and young women with no disability. We wanted to find out what young women were thinking today and what they really want. The young women made a film and held a launch on 24th September. They told us that whether they have a disability or not, they all have hopes and dreams to be successful and lead independent lives.