Lived Experience Expertise

We work in partnership with organisations that want to build and support networks of experts with lived experience of the issue they advocate for– giving the individuals they support the skills and confidence to share their experiences and get their voices heard in conversations that affect them.

People with firsthand experience of the issues are often the best people to bring your stories to life and challenge perceptions, including media stereotypes. We can guide you through the process of developing a network of experts with lived experience, from understanding how it fits into your wider strategy and building support within your organisation, to training the members of this network.

Our training is always bespoke – we respond to the exact needs of your organisation and the individuals we’re working with. Our aim is to empower each individual with the confidence to use their story and expertise to address the issue publicly. The training we provide ranges from hands-on workshops on storytelling skills, using social media tools and working with the media, to ongoing mentoring and support.

We quickly gain the trust of the people we train and we work sensitively to support each person’s needs, including vulnerable individuals. We have trained and supported experts with lived experience of domestic abuse, mental health difficulties, homelessness, offending behaviour, drug and alcohol abuse and poverty.

Contact Jude to talk about how developing expert citizens could increase the impact of your organisation’s work.

Listen to how the Expert Citizens at Voices of Stoke found their voices with sounddelivery.

sounddelivery’s work has been transformational for all who have attended their workshops, including panel members and staff. Their humour, expertise, sensitivity and passion shine through. They have increased the confidence and know-how of FRG’s panels to share their lived experiences and knowledge in creative and safe ways.’ Cathy Ashley, Family Rights Group

‘We have loved attending the workshops, and it’s fantastic how they’ve helped everyone feel more connected during this time, as well as developed into a project that everyone should be very proud of. The content produced has been fantastic.Rebecca Stacey & Rose Bernstein, Z2K

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