Scope for Change campaigners

Meet the changemakers

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There are still too many barriers for young disabled people in society. That’s why we used your gifts to set up the Scope for Change training programme. 

Thanks to you, young disabled people are learning how to run their own campaigns – so they can remove the barriers they face on a daily basis.

We have interviewed some of the young people who are becoming catalysts for change – with your support.

Ellie – 24 years old

Ellie a Scope for Change campaigner

What are your reasons for getting involved in Scope for Change?

“I always wanted to run a campaign, but I never knew how to go about it.”

What are your Ideas for a campaign?

“It’s called ‘All For Nature And Nature For All’. I want to make areas of natural interest accessible for disabled people.”

Tell us your favourite thing about the training:

“I learnt how to use social media effectively, and how to produce online videos.”

What do you hope for the future?  

“It’s important that as disabled people, we aren’t afraid to raise our voices about the issues that affect us.”

Do you have a message for our supporters?  

“Thank you for making sure that disabled people like me have the tools to express ourselves.”

Jack – 23 years old

Jack a Scope for Change campaigner

What are your reasons for getting involved in Scope for Change?

“There’s such a long way to go to change how people perceive and react to autism.”

What are your Ideas for a campaign?

“Its name is ‘Museum Of Minds’, and its purpose is to support museums to welcome people with autism and their families.”

Tell us your favourite thing about the training:

“I really enjoyed the media training about how to deal with difficult questions.”

What do you hope for the future? 

“If I can create any change, regardless of the size of impact, it will be a good thing.”

Do you have a message for our supporters? 

“Thank you! I hope you can continue your support, because it’s getting harder to fund projects like this.”

Alice – 24 years old

Alice a Scope for Change campaigner

What are your reasons for getting involved in Scope for Change?

“I face many barriers, but feeling sorry for myself isn’t going to change them. I need to speak out.”

What are your Ideas for a campaign?

“I’m campaigning for services to better support disabled people who have survived abuse and sexual violence””

Tell us your favourite thing about the training:

“I have made friendships with other young disabled people that will last a lifetime.”

What do you hope for the future? 

“I now realise that every time I see discrimination, I have an opportunity to educate.”

Do you have a message for our supporters? 

“I can’t thank you enough. Now I have confidence in my own voice, and I want others to hear it.”

Sam – 22 years old

Sam a Scope for Change campaigner

What are your reasons for getting involved in Scope for Change?

“I frequently see disabled people like me being excluded, our independence diminished and our experiences ignored.”

What are your Ideas for a campaign?

“I’m campaigning for the introduction of British Sign Language classes at Oxford University, where I study.”

Tell us your favourite thing about the training:

“I never could have expected how close the group would become, and how supportive it would be.”

What do you hope for the future? 

“If everyone can understand the reality of life as a disabled person, we will all benefit.”

Do you have a message for our supporters? 

“Thanks to you, I have learnt from professional campaigners and developed so many skills.”

It is thanks to supporters like you that these young people can campaign to make real and lasting change. You are helping us work towards a country where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else.

Thank you.

Scope exists to make this country a place where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else. Until then, we'll be here.

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