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‘Creating Change’ learning workshops


This series of twelve peer learning sessions will see participants from a range of different organisations and with a range of different life experiences:

  • Explore issues and opportunities relating to disability and/or mental health challenges in Gloucestershire
  • Collaborate with people who you wouldn’t usually work with to identify how changes can happen to benefit disabled people and people with mental health challenges in Gloucestershire.
  • Learn from each other about your area of work and/or life.
  • Outside of the sessions, you will work to support peers from the learning sessions to make change to benefit disabled people and people with mental health challenges in Gloucestershire.


When is it?

These sessions start in April 2022 and run monthly until March 2023.

  • Monday 25th April
  • Monday 23rd May
  • Monday 20th June
  • Monday 18th July
  • Monday 15th August
  • Monday 12th September
  • Monday 10th October
  • Monday 14th November
  • Monday 12th December
  • Monday 16th January  2023
  • Monday 13th February 2023
  • Monday 13th March 2023

Who is it for?

  • These learning sessions are for anyone who is passionate about making positive change to benefit disabled people and people with mental health challenges in Gloucestershire and who can and will make a difference through taking action. For people who work in services or functions relating to disability and/or mental health challenges, you will need to be in a position to make decisions that change the way things work even if you only have influence about making relatively small changes: small things can make a big difference.  For people who want to attend in an individual capacity, you’ll need to be willing to take action to raise issues and raise awareness via your own networks and potentially through the press and social media.  All participants will be expected to work to support their peers from the learning group to drive positive change.
  • Each learning group will comprise 12 participants.
  • We will select participants for these sessions on the basis of creating a balanced learning group. It is possible for this reason that prospective participants may not be successful in gaining a place at these sessions initially, but we will aim to create additional groups should there be a lot of people who want to gain access to these sessions.
  • We’re looking for people who can commit to a learning group, but also appreciate that some participants may have health issues which preclude them from attending every session. Participants who don’t attend two consecutive sessions for reasons that aren’t related to their health will be asked to withdraw from the group.

What does it involve? 

  • The sessions will be structured and will be run by a trained facilitator and will cover a specific topic relating to disability and/or mental health that is identified by the group.
  • Sessions will last for 2.5 hours and will include a break. Covid restrictions permitting, these sessions will be held in person, at Overton House in Cheltenham.  If this isn’t possible then the sessions will take place online.
  • Light refreshments will be provided.