GMCDP has a long history of being led by strong activists, and our Shaping Our Inclusion project is centered on working with young disabled people who would continue this and are interested in activism, campaigning and leadership. We are working with young people (under 30) to get involved in the organisation and take on roles such as Executive Board members, leaders, trainers, representatives and activists. Having been around for over 30 years, GMCDP is looking to recruit young people who will become the future of this organisation.
Is this project for you?
Ideally, we are looking for young disabled people who:
- Are aged 18-30
- Live in Greater Manchester
- Want to make a difference for disabled people in Greater Manchester
- Who want to develop their skills in activism (e.g. leadership, project management, strategic thinking, representation, training and campaigning)
- Are politically active (or would like to become more politically active)
- Are willing to promote the Social Model of disability
What happens if I get involved with the project?
This project provides training and development opportunities throughout the year, and the areas participants can get involved in can be shaped by their own personal interests and experience. Below are just some of the areas you can get involved in:
Primarily, this project is focused on areas of leadership, campaigning, strategic thinking and governance. The project meets every fortnight (alternate daytime and evening meetings, to allow everyone the opportunity to attend at least one meeting), and we discuss and plan our activities (e.g. upcoming campaigns) but also discuss our thoughts on current day politics, theory and positions of the coalition (e.g. our stance on inclusive education). These meetings tend to be very lively, interesting sessions, and more often than not take place over pizza.
This project is great for both personal development and building skills and experience, but also for you to get involved in a grass roots organisation, and play a true part in the work we do. We are one year into the project so far, and the following is just some of the work project participants have been doing:
- Attended the Labour Disability Roadshow representing the Coalition, and sat down at the table with Jeremy Corbyn and Debbie Abrahams, discussing areas such education, health and social care which went on to inform the Labour Party's disability manifesto 'Nothing About You, Without You'
- Worked with the Coalition to help organize, develop and run a Hustings event for the Greater Manchester Mayoral Candidates. Also got together to create questions which they would like to be asked of the candidates at the Hustings
- Helped to arrange a roundtable session with Andy Burnham MP, and asked questions of Andy Burnham directly during the roundtable. One project member impressed Andy Burnham with their question so much, he arranged to have a follow up meeting with them, and they appeared in his manifesto for the GM Mayor campaign
- Participants contributed to our Disabled People’s Manifesto, which was distributed to all the GM Mayor candidates
- Have attended consultations with various organisations, including Contact Theatre
- Have established a Young Disabled People’s Sub Group, which is a formal governance structure made up of young disabled people, members of GMCDP and Executive Board members. This sub-group looks at strategy and planning within the organisation for anything which will affect young disabled people
How do I get involved?
If this sounds of interest to you, get in touch with one of our project officers, and we can meet up either at our office or in your local area to discuss it further:
Brett Savage: bsavage [at] gmcdp.com 0161 636 7538
Nicola McDonagh: nmcdonagh [at] gmcdp.com 0161 636 7538