View all Events Thursday, 8 March 2018 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Expert by experience supper : using life experiences to drive change

Have you had a life experience that was really challenging and are now trying to use that experience to create change? If so, we want to hear from you.

We are recruiting a group of inspiring individuals who are in the early stages of using their life experiences to drive change. You might not consider yourself a ‘leader’ yet, but you do possess the qualities of one: passion, drive, resilience and empathy – all life skills that money can’t buy.

You might be working within an existing organisation, looking to influence an issue through a campaign, or starting your own initiative. Whatever route you are exploring, we want to understand what you are trying to do, how you are getting on, and what support you need to make it happen.

If you are an expert by experience and would like to join the project, you will need you will need to be available between Fri 16 March and 30 May to attend four daytime workshops. In return for your time, you will receive researcher training and a payment of £500 for your time.

If you’re interested in attending our supper on 8 March at the Impact Hub to find out more, please contact


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Why we want to hear from you

Too often we are encouraged to hide the negative experiences, but what if we used them as assets? What if more people who had been in prison were involved in designing and running rehabilitation services? Or if more people who had experienced addiction were leading recovery solutions?

We believe that direct first-hand experience of social issues, like addiction and homelessness, gives a legitimate understanding of the challenges that people in similar circumstances are facing, and an authentic insight to the potential solutions needed.

What we want to do

Our mission is to understand and break down the barriers that are preventing people from using their life experiences to drive change, so that a range of people can create solutions together – especially the people who have lived through them.

How we will go about it

We will work alongside a group of experts by experience to understand the barriers and opportunities they have faced trying to create change in Birmingham. Alongside this we will identify the organisations that are already championing people with lived experience, and those that need a bit more encouragement. Together, we will design solutions to address the key barriers preventing people from using their life experiences to lead change.

This project is generously funded by The Big Lottery and is being co-delivered by UnLtd and TSIP (The Social Innovation Partnership). It was inspired by a report written by Baljeet Sandhu which you can view here.

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