Who We Are
We challenge social injustice and health inequalities. We work alongside disabled people and people with experience of mental health difficulties to make an ordinary life achievable for all.
Our vision is of a society in which disabled people and people with lived experience of mental health difficulties of all ages are afforded universal human rights, resulting in them being in control of their own lives as equal citizens
The following values shape the culture of the organisation, underpinning the way we behave and the way we challenge social injustice as we work to develop solutions based on equality and an improved quality of life.
All people should be seen as people first. We should not be seen simply in relation to a disability or a mental health difficulty. These labels should not be used to define us as a person, segregate us, remove us from society, or limit us in any way.
We are all inter-dependent; we all need support in our lives. No one is too disabled or too affected by mental health difficulties to lead an independent life. Being independent means having choice and control over your own life with as much or as little support as you need. It does not mean being on your own and doing everything for yourself.
All people are citizens in their own right and have the same human, legal and civil rights as each other.
In Changing Our Lives, we pride ourselves on our unique brand. These elements are what makes up this brand:
How We Work
We work with disabled people and people with lived experience of mental health difficulties of all ages. Whilst all of the individuals we work with experience multiple disadvantages and discrimination, some of our projects specifically target the following groups of people:
People with the label of profound and multiple learning disabilities.
People from minority ethnic communities.
People who find themselves stripped of the most basic human rights
(for example, hospital inpatients).
Whether we are working with disabled people, people with lived experience of mental health difficulties or professionals, we never have one standard approach or set of tools. We look at the issue at hand and work out which tools and approaches best suit the situation.
You can read our 2022-2023 annual report by clicking here.