Welcome to Passion & Purpose, a communications course designed to support people with lived experience who are ready to share their stories in service of a better world. Originally designed in collaboration with Terrence Higgins Trust and their Positive Voices volunteers, this course provides a safe and structured space in which to explore and take ownership of lived experience, crafting true, personal stories with a powerful message. I have worked with THT since 2019, since which time all their Positive Voices volunteers have been through my Passion & Purpose training process. You can read some of their kind words below. I have also delivered elements of the programme to Hibiscus Initiatives, Women for Refugee Women, The Children’s Society, and the Shared Learning Group on Involvement.
I believe that sharing lived experience is an act of great courage and generosity, and take huge pride in helping charities support their volunteers to do this in a safe and nourishing way. As well as having a powerful impact on their audiences – which range from medics, business professionals, the police, the prison system, and school children, amongst others – I aim for my training courses to provide a cathartic and empowering experience for anyone sharing their lived experience.
I can deliver a bespoke Passion & Purpose course for any charity seeking to better support their volunteers in sharing lived experience. In addition, I love working with charity staff on honing their own communication skills.
In order to remain abreast of trauma-informed best practice when working with lived experience, I regularly consult and collaborate with clinical Psychologist Dr. Sam Thompson.