Lifeworks is proud to present to you the evaluation of the Building Connections pilot that ran over 3 months earlier this year. The pilot was led by Lifeworks, working within the Branchline Partnership with Dasi, The Project and Soundart Radio.
With support from the Co-op Foundation, the Branchline partnership enabled 12 young volunteers with learning disabilities, aged 16-24 to create and lead a peer-led support group. Together they were looking at how to combat youth loneliness by creating a safe space to connect with each other.
Over the course of the pilot, the young volunteers found their voice and it has planted a seed in their minds – they are now fired upon being heard. They want to start getting involved in, and leading projects around campaigning and activism. The young people are keen to raise awareness around the issues facing young people with learning disabilities, and the inequalities in their lives: mental health, bullying, isolation and loneliness. The young people are also excited about the idea of holding inclusive events and activities for young people to integrate regardless of disabilities and this project has given some ideas about how to do this.
A parent said about the film that was created by the young people, “The film was moving, thought-provoking, and empowering. It gave young people the opportunity to ask questions, to raise the issue for themselves, and to challenge people to think about the issues in a gentle and effective way. Wow, it was brilliant!!”. You can watch the film here.
The evaluation is available to read here.