The campaigning work undertaken by the Trust seeks to influence perceptions, understanding, and actions in relation to topics which matter to both the Trust and to disabled people and people with mental health challenges in Gloucestershire. This campaigning work, alongside our policy function, takes forward recommendations identified in our research to help create systemic change in the county.
Empowered Employers Campaign
Since the pandemic, ways of working have changed for many and the adjustments that disabled people have long been entitled to, like flexible working, are starting to become more commonplace.
Empowered Employers aims to build on these changes, supporting organisations within Gloucestershire to consider attitudes and policies that enable meaningful work opportunities for disabled people, people with mental health challenges and neurodivergent people.
Empowered Employers is a campaign that looks at the three ways in which barriers to employment present themselves; the employment gap, the pay gap and the opportunities gap.
As part of the campaign we will be running a Learning Programme which will support employers to make practical adjustments but also challenge assumptions about disability. By being a participant in our Learning Programme your company will receive accreditation. Full details can be found on the campaign website www.empoweredemployers.co.uk
Let’s Be Clear Campaign
In 2019 we launched the Let’s Be Clear campaign for clear face masks and clear communication. The campaign was launched with a range of local partners in response to the findings of the Our Changing World report . The report highlighted barriers to communication and a lack of accessible information during the Covid-19 pandemic. This made life more difficult for many disabled people in Gloucestershire and impacted on their mental wellbeing.
To date, the Let’s Be Clear fund has awarded over £17,000 to groups and organisations to purchase clear masks and to improve their communication. For more information about the campaign and how you can get involved please visit the campaign website.