Aspire4U have been collaborating with individuals who have lived experiences to bring fresh takes to professionals who want to listen. Lived experience classes as anything from being involved in gangs, to child criminal exploitation, to living with autism, and that’s just a portion of the list.
We believe that people with lived experiences should be at the head of the discussion, talking to professionals about the ways to deal with these situations. As a mixture of Q&A, talking about their lives, and giving advice on what has helped them in the past.
The professionals we’re talking about include teachers, social care workers, youth offending officials and safeguarding leaders.
In Birmingham, we held an event in March focussing around child criminal exploitation. And we’ve also held an event in Dudley revolving around knife crime and county lines.
If you are a professional and would like to attend one of our events to get first-hand information from individuals with lived experiences, and how you can help deal with these problems in the future, then get in touch.
If you are a teacher, these lived experience panels can work in schools and do a session with teachers to help spot signs of these issues, and aid CPD (continued professional development). With young people, we can advise on intervention processes and help them by speaking to people their own age. Parents can also get an insight into what happens to some young people, and also how to become more aware of early signals.
If you are a social worker, we can focus these around domestic abuse, and hidden signs that may be unnoticed.
If you are a safeguarding team, we can develop a lived experience panel for you to help with preventative work, and also how to spot early signs.
If you are in policing and protective roles, we can help give a deeper understanding of these issues, and how they affect people within the community.
If you are NHS and healthcare workers, we can work with you alongside people of lived experience to better understand the issues behind the people you face every day.
If you are in housing, or a funder or charity and are interested in commissioning an event where people with lived experience can get heard, we can help you with that.
We can develop bespoke ones if you feel there is an issue within your community that there is not enough information about, and a need for more discussion.
You can email us via firstname.lastname@example.org
Written by Aiden Perrins