People with learning disabilities are not listened to by others and they are some of the least powerful people around. But if we do listen and act on it things can change for the better. John O’Brien sums this up very nicely when he says,
“When people not used to speaking out are heard by people not used to listening then real change is made.”
And that’s what our Listening Project is about.
The project began in September 2017 and records people with learning disabilities telling stories about their life experiences, the good and not so good ones, the funny and touching ones, to reveal to others what life is like for them. The best bits are to be broadcast by Wolverhampton Community Radio (101.8 WCR FM) the autumn and winter of 2017 and through 2018 in a series of short episodes inserted into their regular programming.
We also want to use the recordings to reach and influence a whole variety of people from the powerless to powerful to show what needs to change, and why, for maybe one person, a group of people or maybe even people with learning disabilities in general. And so as well as broadcasting with WCR FM we will be running a series of workshops using the archive and recorded material we have to illustrate and stimulate discussion about issues affecting people with learning disabilities, their carers and the communities they live in.
The recording, archiving and organisation of the recordings and the presentation of the material for broadcast is to be carried out by people with learning disabilities as volunteers.
After that we hope to have a way of working that others can see for themselves is worth investing in and we can develop the project as a social enterprise, providing valuable quality control, audit and consultation work with organisations who work with people who have learning disabilities and so create paid jobs for people with learning disabilities.
The Goodlife Listening Project is funded by Green People, The Big Lottery, the Heart of England Community Foundation and Wesleyand Small Grants Fund.
If you want to know more about the project, get involved as a volunteer or have something to say you want others to hear then contact us on
t: 07824 360181
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