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Meet Layla. She’s campaigning for disabled access at her local train station, and you’re supporting her every step of the way. Here she tells you how her campaign got started, how it’s going, and why you’re so important to it.
It all started at the Scope for Change ‘bootcamp’: a weekend of training and inspiration with 17 other young disabled campaigners, organised by Scope and funded by their supporters (so thank you!).
Getting off the ground
We brainstormed ideas for each other’s campaigns, and it didn’t take me long to decide what I wanted to do. I can’t use my local train station, even though it’s just a two-minute drive away. It only has stairs, and I get around in a wheelchair. This is so frustrating. It really impacts on my independence and my life. So I decided to campaign for step-free access at the station.
Spreading the word
Through the Scope for Change programme, I learned some really valuable team-working skills (thanks again!). I put them to good use straightaway and teamed up with my local Residents’ Association. We stationed ourselves (excuse the pun) at the train station during the evening commute, collecting signatures for a petition about step-free access.
The petition got a few thousand signatures, and it was even picked up by the local newspaper. This led to a meeting with the local transport team, where I made the case for better access at the station. We were finally getting somewhere!
Making our voices heard
Another skill that I picked up through the Scope for Change programme was public speaking (I have a lot to say thank you for!). I was offered the chance to make a speech with Cherie Blair about campaigning at Westminster Abbey. Amazing!
I was a bit nervous at first, but it went really well. For a long time, the voices of young disabled people haven’t been heard – not anymore.
No one can stop us now!
I’m excited about what lies further up the line. Next year, the local transport team will make their decision about funding step-free access, so I’m focused on building a really strong campaign.
The Scope for Change programme is giving young campaigners like me the skills and tools to create a more equal society, and it wouldn’t be possible without your generous gifts. Thank you!
It’s thanks to you that Layla can campaign for step-free access at her local train station. And you’re helping other young disabled people like her come together to challenge injustices and change society.