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Could you be part of the next generation of disability campaigners?

We are looking for aspiring young campaigners to join Scope for Change, our campaign training programme for disabled people aged 18 to 25. It’s a free, six-month programme, and no previous campaigning experience is needed. Find out more and apply to take part.

Disabled people face many barriers to equality – whether it’s negative attitudes, unnecessary extra costs, inaccessible environments or a lack of support in education or work. But we know that it doesn’t have to be this way, and that young disabled people have the drive and skills to help make change happen.

We first launched the Scope for Change programme in 2016 to support young disabled people gain the skills and confidence to campaign on issues they cared about . This first group of campaigners set out to tackle a variety of issues: encouraging museums to be more autism-friendly, making British Sign Language lessons at university more accessible and affordable, gaining step-free access to local transport, and raising awareness of hidden impairments.

Ellie, who took part in 2016, campaigned for greater accessibility at nature reserves. Here’s what she had to say about her campaign:

“I want to further educate those working in the conservation sector to make sites of natural interest as accessible as possible: providing ramps up to bird hides, having blue badge parking spaces, braille or audio information boards, allowing assistance dogs, and accessible toilets… Opening up the senses in particular for those with profound and multiple disabilities is so important – and where better to do that than a national park?”

It wasn’t just their campaigns that benefited – many of the group said that being part of Scope for Change gave them a sense of solidarity with other disabled people and boosted their confidence. No longer feeling like they were working alone, the campaigners could collaborate, share experiences and learn from each other.

Why get involved?

Now Scope for Change is back for a new generation, to tackle more obstacles on the road to everyday equality. We want disabled young people to be empowered to make decisions about their lives, influence change, and make real progress in their communities and wider society.

Over a six-month period, we will support the Scope for Change group to plan, launch and their own campaigns to make change on the issues that matter to them. This will be backed up with ongoing support from Scope staff and a three-day residential training event to learn all the skills needed to create a winning campaign strategy.

Does this sound like the opportunity for you? Apply for Scope for Change now – applications close on Monday 28 May.

Are you 10-18 years old? Want to change something in your community?

Scope is offering the opportunity for young disabled people (aged 10-18 years old) to learn campaigning skills so that their voices may be heard in their communities. To achieve this, the Community Campaigns Team will be holding training sessions in London in May and June.

These events will give you the chance to learn new campaign skills and tools, and to hear from other people who have been able to make life better for disabled people and others in their community.

The events will be held from 10.30 – 3.30 on the following dates:

  • Saturday 10 May
  • Saturday 24 May
  • Saturday 7 June

At Scope, 6 Market Road, London, N7 9PW.

If you’re a young disabled person aged 10 to 18 and you want to change people’s attitudes towards disability and improve the way disabled people can get involved in the life of your community, please come along.

The events are free to attend and we will provide you with lunch and cover the cost of your transport.

These first sessions will be held in London but we will be delivering a similar programme later in the year in other parts of the country.
To find out more about how you can take part and book your place please email YourCampaigns@Scope.org.uk or phone Rosemary Frazer, on 0207 619 7718.