Leaders with Lived Experience

A still shot from our film about LEx Leadership showing Ange thinking with her hand infront of her mouth.

We have been thinking about what being a leader with lived experience means.

The Lived Experience Leadership programme

During 2021 and 2022, DIY Theatre Company is one of 48 organisations taking part in The National Lottery Community Fund’s Lived Experience Leadership programme.

Lived Experience Leaders are: Change-makers, innovators and leaders who have activated their lived expertise to inform, shape and lead their social purpose work (often in combination with their learned and practice experience) to directly benefit the communities they share those experiences with
Baljeet Sandhu:  Lived Experience Leadership: Rebooting the DNA of Leadership, 2019.

‘Lived Experience’ is a phrase that many of us have been using a lot recently, but it is not just another way to say ‘experience’.  It describes how people with first hand experience of social issues and / or injustice can use their experiences to inform, shape and lead work with a social purpose.

An experience we’ve had in the past that makes us want to change things in our community.”
DIY Young Leader

We developed a Digital Leaders project. This was based on personal experiences of the challenges and barriers our Leaders have experienced in getting online. Members of our Friday Leadership and Young Leaders groups used their lived experiences to develop and create resources to support other people with learning disabilities to access the online world. We created a number of films and resources to support other people with learning disabilities to get online with confidence. ‘Enjoy Your Time Online’ is a film created by our Friday Group.

What does Lived Experience Leadership mean to DIY?

During the past year, we have been exploring what Lived Experience Leadership means to us. The project has prompted us to go back to basics in exploring what Lived Experience means to us. We have created a new film that explores questions like What does lived experience mean to us? How does it help us to be good leaders?

Since we have been able to meet back together, our Friday Leadership Group have had some very interesting and important discussions about lived experience and what it means to us. Working with Hilary Easter-Jones, our associate artist film-maker, we have created a film to share what we want to say. Our new film is nearly ready to share, but you can watch the trailer now. We will be holding an on-line event in February. Subscribe to our Newsletter or keep checking our website for updates on how to book your place.

DIY Exploring LEx Leadership – Trailer from DIY Theatre Company on Vimeo.

The Lived Experience Leaders Movement

The Lived Experience Leaders Movement (also known as LEx Movement) is a collective impact network connecting, supporting and strengthening the capacity of Lived Experience Leaders to create systems-level change and help all our communities thrive.

Lived Experience (LEx) Direct, first-hand experience, past or present, of a social issue(s) and/or injustice(s).

Lived ExpertiseKnowledge, perspectives, insights, and understanding gathered through lived experience.

Lived Experience Leader (LEx Leader) Change-makers, innovators and leaders who have activated their lived expertise to inform, shape and lead their social purpose work (often in combination with their learned and practice experience) to directly benefit the communities they share those experiences with.

For more information about Lived Experience Leadership:

Visit the Lived Experience Movements website lexmovement.org

Visit The Lived Experience website  thelivedexperience.org/ where you can view the report by Baljeet Sandhu which explores the Value of Lived Experience in Social Change.

 

DIY Theatre would like to thank The National Lottery Community Fund for their support for this work.

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