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 email@example.com
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.
STAGE Policy Briefing: Health
Through our work on the STAGE partnership, Changing Lives produced a policy briefing around the long-term health impact of sexual exploitation for our Influence Group, made up of policy makers and experts. You can download the briefing here: STAGE Health Briefing May 2021
Nowhere To Turn
Changing Lives has published a report into how the Covid-19 pandemic has had devastating consequences for women who are already at increased risk of harm due to their existing vulnerabilities, such as homelessness, addiction, and poverty. Data collected during the first four months of lockdown shows a 62% increase in the number of women disclosing that they had experienced sexual violence, and that they are slipping through the net when it comes to accessing the support they urgently need.
STAGE Policy Briefing: Transition
Through our work on the STAGE partnership, Changing Lives produced a policy briefing for our Influence Group, made up of policy makers and experts. You can download the briefing here: STAGE Briefing: Transitions Nov 2020
Work and Pensions Select Committee: Universal Credit and Survival Sex Inquiry: Response April 2019
Welfare Safety Net Inquiry Response November 2018
Recent Policy News
Changing Lives awarded contracts to support women in the CJS as part of new MoJ Dynamic Framework21st May 2021
STAGE Project addresses barriers to accessing health services for adult survivors of sexual exploitation11th May 2021
Learning to Listen Again: Deepening our understanding of how to amplify seldom heard voices through positive listening11th May 2021