Who We Are:
We are a team from Empowerment working with Blackpool Fulfilling Lives to create positive change in Blackpool.
What We Aim To Do:
We are looking for people with lived experience of two or more of the following issues; Homelessness, Mental Health, Offending & Substance Misuse to volunteer to become members of our Lived Experience Team.
We are committed to listening to your views surrounding services in Blackpool, finding out what works and what needs to change and working together with you to create a positive change for those going through similar situations that you have experienced.
What We Need From You:
We believe that your experience of living with these issues and your journey of getting help and support for them, are invaluable to us. Your familiarity with these issues will contribute to a positive change in Blackpool to ensure that future
generations are able to receive better help and support in a timelier manner.
What You Can Gain:
You will have the opportunity to contribute to a powerful and positive change within Blackpool, meet new friends and learn invaluable skills. You will receive full support and training from both your team and your line manager whilst helping to create change in the community.
If you are interested in becoming a LET member with Blackpool Fulfilling Lives please contact our Lived Experience Team Manager:
I started working with Empowerment in July 2014 as an Apprentice Navigator for the Fulfilling Lives Programme after a period of volunteering within Blackpool substance misuse services. During this time I started my Bachelors degree in Health and Social Care and to develop new skills I also went to work for a partner agency as Life Skills Coordinator. Due to my passion for Empowerment and the Fulfilling Lives programme I returned 12 months later as Volunteer Coordinator. From this I progressed within my role and took on more responsibility as the Lived Experience Team Manager.
My passion has always been to get the voices of people who use services heard and to create an easier pathway to accessing services in Blackpool for people with Multiple and Complex Needs, which this role allows me to do with the support of Empowerment and the Lived Experience Team.
Lived Experience Team
I started working for Empowerment Charity in Blackpool in March 2019 as a Peer 4 U Mentor. As I come from Blackpool myself, I am passionate about helping our Blackpool residents have a voice and access relevant support.
I began my journey by attending college, gaining relevant qualifications and securing a voluntary position within a busy organisation which supports local women. I went on to obtain a work placement with the criminal justice team for a further year.
My position with Empowerment is ideal as I am able to work within a recovery model that I am both passionate and proud to be a part of whilst working towards obtaining my Bsc (hons) Psychology Degree.