For the last year Inclusion Gloucestershire have been working on a new project around peer mentoring for young people with disabilities across Gloucestershire. The project involved five peer mentors, with lived experience of disability, sharing their journeys of growing up with a disability to young people. They found out what the young people’s hopes were for the future and what worries they had about the transition from school or college into adulthood. Five schools/colleges and one youth club took part: Cirencester College, Gloucester College, National Star College, The Apperley Centre, The Shrubberies School and Forest Pulse Youth Club.

Overall the project was highly praised and has had a positive impact. Young people said, “You have put a smile on my face”, “It was awesome meeting you guys”, “You have inspired me”. Staff at the schools and colleges thought the project was a “good idea and helpful for students” and “It has led to our students beginning to think more seriously about the future”.

Inclusion Gloucestershire would like to thank everyone involved in the project and hope that this will be the start of exciting new projects helping more young people with disabilities across Gloucestershire.