Digital Disability Services: On-message, On-the money & now On-line!

1 March 2021

Like every other business I’ve invested in my digital offers over the last twelve months. I’ve been really mindful to ensure new on-line offers continue to meet my high standards by considering how they can remain engaging and inclusive and add the same value my in-person services have always achieved. I don’t mind admitting that I thought some services might not work quite as well on-line, but I need not have worried as all feedback is just as great and the best bit is that, literally anyone anywhere can access Making Lemonade services now!

 

Webinars

My clients are loving that recordings of my webinars can be accessed after the event as well as live. They are proving to be a really cost effective way to get key messages across their organisations.

 

PDP

The PDP Experience that I deliver with Dave Rees had always been residential so a big no/no in pandemic times! Moving this personal development programme on-line continues to have the same impact and add the same value it’s known for. It’s a fantastic cost-effective alternative for organisations to invest in their disabled talent. Even better, disabled colleagues who would find it difficult to attend a residential course now have access to the benefits.

 

Our clients plan to continue with PDP On-line once Covid-19 restrictions are lifted and will offer both on-line and in-person PDP programmes to their disabled colleagues going forward: Win/Win!

 

Training & Coaching

My disability confident and vision impairment awareness training has proved successful on-line and I continue to coach remotely.

 

My mantra of, ‘if life deals you lemons…..make lemonade!’ has served me well over the last twelve months. I want to raise a virtual glass of lemonade with new and existing clients in gratitude and to a brighter future. I hope to raise a glass of something stronger in-person with you all at the earliest opportunity!

 

  It’s not been the easiest of times, but I feel privileged to still be delivering impactful support to people with an impairment or health condition and  supporting organisations with their disability inclusion agendas.

 

Please get in touch to find out more about my digital disability inclusion services…..

 

Art, Activism Authenticity and a Touch of Crazy!

5 January 2021

In the first lock-down last year I found myself with unexpected time on my hands. I decided to explore an idea that had been in the back of my mind for a while about creating a social change podcast. At the time I was reading, ‘My Name is Y’ by Lemn Sissay and I remember thinking, ‘if I ever do anything with this podcast idea, he would be a great guest’. I was therefore delighted to end series one of The Aperture with Lemn Sissay as my guest.

In our episode we have a beautiful conversation about the role of creativity in creating social change and art as activism. We suggest play is under-rated and not unrelated to storytelling and acknowledge both can be a cathartic form of expression and a means to speak truth to power. We agree creativity uniquely navigates the Complexity and contradictions of the human spirit and so bonds community and champions change. Liv Torc then takes the idea of ideas to another level in her creative response to our conversation.

This concludes the first series of The Aperture. Having had no idea how to make a podcast at the start of the first lock-down, I am chuffed to complete series one at the end of what has been a tricky year. This is my ‘something good’ to come out of 2020 and I am proud of the pods!

Episode 6 Flyer

Episode 6 flyer

 

 

From Mars bars for your thoughts to thought leadership

23 December 2020

Marie-Claire and I have been friends since we met as newly appointed trustees of a charity board. She recently launched her New Leaf network, so it was great timing to have her on an Aperture episode to talk about lived experience. Marie-Claire is the Founder and CEO of New Leaf, specialising in prison to employment via a pathway of education, training and holistic support.

Whilst Marie-Claire and I work in different areas of the social sector, we both champion recognising the value of lived experience and developing LEX leadership. I specialise in supporting people with experience of disability and feed into systems change at a strategic level, while Marie-Claire does the same in the criminal justice system. What was apparent from our conversation is that you will have shared experiences of the same barriers – whether your lived experience is of disability or the criminal justice system. You may have faced stigma and exclusion at times. You will likely have encountered tokenistic engagement from charities and institutions that extract your views to tick a box; or encourage you to tell your story in order to hang their work upon. You may have been perceived as a risk, or somewhat ‘less than’ in pursuit of employment or promotion – ironically often by the charities or institutions that exist to support and serve those like you.

These examples represent the experiences of many, but it does feel like a change is on its way. Marie-Claire believes we are on the crest of an exciting tidal wave of change. She puts the change down to a shift in the language being used; the change in the funding landscape; and the work of the LEX trailblazer Baljeet Sandhu. Marie-Claire talks passionately about the insights and innovation that come from meaningful engagement with those with lived experience, and the cost saving benefits from employing, and engaging with, those who know the system. Memorably, regarding employment she says, “You get a lot more bang for your buck. If somebody pays me £20,000 a year to do a job using my lived experience, I am going to give you £40,000 worth of employee’

Episode five is out now. Jason N Smith combines his lived experience with his creative talents to provide his poetic response. All in all… it’s worth a listen. 

The Aperture episode five the one about lived experieince and the criminal justice system [7981]

 

Choose collective social impact and contribution over capes and competition.

17 December 2020

In our latest podcast I am joined by Daniela Papi-Thornton. Daniela has spent more than a decade designing and facilitating social change education programming around the world and she makes a compelling argument for systems-led leadership.

Systems-led leaders make decisions about their personal or organizational social-impact strategies based on understanding the systems within which they work. They envision wider system change goals – goals they know they can’t achieve alone but which help guide their actions so that those actions connect with, build upon, and contribute to the wider impact of the collective. Our guest poet, Chris Redmond takes the idea of ‘the collective’ to new heights (literally!).

This one is a goodie and well worth taking time out from your super hero timetable to consider your approach. We need greater social impact and fewer social super heroes…..

#SocialImpact #SocialChange #Leadership

The Aperture episode 4 the one about social entrepreneurship

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Sunny Days and Social Leadership!

8 December 2020

In episode three of The Aperture I am joined by the amazing Sunny Dhadley. He talks candidly about his social leadership journey which began shortly after detoxing from heroin. He found his purpose and began developing peer-led services, which supported thousands of people and inspired many more. His work in developing collaborative interventions aimed at supporting vulnerable and/or marginalised communities in a holistic way has been seen as ground-breaking, being cited in many UK and European best practice papers.

Sunny shares how it was other people who began recognising him as a social leader long before he realised it for himself. This mirrors my experience, and our commitment to social leadership is what brought us together as we met through our involvement with LEX Move. LEX Move is a lived experience collective which works to support and develop lived experience leadership in the social sector.

Ibby is our poet on this episode and he also came into my life through social leadership, as we are both from the same Clore Social leadership cohort of 2016. He too is a fantastic example of a social leader so was perfect to be our poet on this episode.

This one is definitely worth a listen…

The anchor episode 3 the one about social impact flyer2

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