Leaders with Lived Experience

The Lived Experience Leaders programme

During 2021 and 2022, DIY Theatre Company is one of 49 organisations taking part in The National Lottery Community Fund’s Lived Experience Leaders programme.

DIY Theatre Company is developing a Digital Leaders project based on personal experiences of the challenges and barriers DIY Leaders have experienced in getting online. Members of DIY’s Friday Group and Young Leaders Group are using their lived experiences to develop and create resources to support other people with learning disabilities to access the online world with confidence.

The programme offers a fantastic opportunity for DIY members to create links with other Lived Experience Leaders from across the UK and to the wider Lived Experience Leaders Movement. The programme will also enable the National Lottery Community Fund and the wider sector to continue learning about how people with first-hand experience can become leaders, and how funders can support them.

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 Expertise Knowledge, 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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