Erasmus+ helps blind young people advocate for greater equality
Erasmus+ is providing funding to Eurodesk UK partner The Royal Society for Blind Children (RSBC) so that blind & partially sighted young people and their disadvantaged peers can advocate for social change.
As part of this Youth Voice project, young people across England are being supported to build and increase their confidence, communication, decision making and influencing skills to engage with people in positions of power.
These brave campaigners are travelling to different places in the country to meet other young people and hear about their experiences and then share them with the people making the decisions. By telling these decision-makers about their lives young people will be an able advocate for change on the issues that impact their lives; they are working to change not only their own lives but the lives of other disadvantaged young people up and down the country!
Most recently 6 young people from RSBC travelled to Newcastle to meet with young people from Youth Focus: North East and representatives from Newcastle Law School, the Department for Culture, Media & Sports Youth Policy team and the children and young people’s board member of the Local Government Association. They enjoyed a full discussion on the theme of Moving to Independence. Issues around transport, employment and housing were all discussed with the London group learning how difficult getting out and about can be outside London especially if you are visually impaired. A common theme was the need for much better careers guidance and support.
If you are a blind or partially sighted or other disadvantaged young person aged 14-25 living in England and would like to be involved in this project contact RSBC by email or call our main office on 020 3198 0225.