Scope For Change is a unique scheme from Scope to train a new generation of young disabled campaigners. In April 2016, the first recruits attended a training bootcamp to learn the latest campaign skills and tactics.
Young disabled people who we speak to say there are still too many barriers in society that prevent them from doing the day-to-day things that many people take for granted.
Much of this is down to the physical and attitudinal barriers people face along with the negative attitudes towards disability.
Through this weekend, we hoped to give young disabled people the skills they will need to create their own campaigns to make this country a place where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else.
Rosemary Frazer, Campaigns Manager at Scope, said “This has been a long time in the planning but it’s been worth every second of it. The positive feedback that we have had from everyone who attended shows that this hard work has really paid off.”
“Watching the campaigners getting stuck into their campaigning and getting excited about learning new skills was very emotional for me. I was reminded of myself at that age and how I was determined to campaign for disability equality through getting the Disability Discrimination Act.”
“I feel the future of disability campaigning is in very safe hands and I have no doubt that these young activists will achieve great things.”
As Charlie Willis said, these young campaigners hope that they can play their part in “invigorating the disability movement”.
We campaign on a local and national level to change attitudes and to make this country a place where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else. Visit our website to find out more about campaigning with Scope.