Changing Lives influences policy and practice to improve the lives of people who are the most disadvantaged. This may include experiences of homelessness, addiction, abuse and exploitation, contact with the criminal justice system, long-term unemployment and more.
We draw on our research, the expertise of our teams, and the experiences of people with lived experience to help tackle the root causes of disadvantage, and influence systems and services to better support people when times are tough.
To find out more, contact Philippa Rousell, Policy Manager, on firstname.lastname@example.org
Our influencing principles
- We influence by doing – through delivery of our services, and working closely with commissioners, we develop and demonstrate innovative practice.
- We listen and involve – we are informed by listening to and understanding the realities of people’s lived experience, and involving the people we support in influencing change.
- We share our learning – we are a reflective organisation, and we use what we have learned to share insights and expertise that can inform policy.
- We are collaborative – we support other organisations to influence change, where it will make a positive difference to the people we support, and we encourage others to support our own efforts to influence in change within our unique areas of expertise.
- We are gender-informed – we believe that gender inequality is structural and systemic, and that policy must recognise women’s lived experience of inequality.
- We are solutions-focused – working constructively with decision makers to achieve our ambitions for the people we support.
- We are responsible – we take seriously our responsibilities to support a thriving voluntary sector, and seek to positively influence the environment within which the sector operates for the benefit of all charities.
The STAGE Project
The STAGE Project began in 2019, bringing together charities Changing Lives, GROW, A Way Out, Together Women, Basis and WomenCentre to provide trauma-informed support for women who have been groomed for sexual exploitation across the North East and Yorkshire. The partnership also works together to influence change to policy and practice at local and national levels, to systematically improve outcomes for these women.
The STAGE Toolkit
Factsheet about adult exploitation
Changing Lives' response to the House of Lords Public Services Committee inquiry into child vulnerability
Changing Lives' response to the Government's Covid-19 Enquiry
Changing Lives submitted evidence in response to the Government’s Covid-19 Enquiry, highlighting the impact of the pandemic on the people we support. You can read our full response here
Work and Pensions Select Committee: Universal Credit and Survival Sex Inquiry: Response April 2019
Welfare Safety Net Inquiry Response November 2018
Recent Policy News
Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy: A Promising Start But Sexual Exploitation of Adult Women Still Not Recognised22nd July 2021
Listening to adult survivors of sexual exploitation – Channel 4 News20th July 2021
Supporting people towards recovery from addiction – the importance of psychosocial interventions14th July 2021