JustDifferent would like to wish all our supporters and school partners well in this difficult time of COVID-19. We hope that your business, jobs, families and school children/young people remain safe and look forward to working with you again as soon as possible. As the rest of the country has done, we have postponed our events until later in the year in order to halt the spread of the virus, and we will be in touch with you all once we have new dates.
We continue to deeply appreciate your support, both financially and through corporate and community partnerships, past, present and into the future. We are going to use this time to innovate our services and broaden our offering to businesses as well as schools. Please do let us know if you would like any information in the meantime for workshops as soon as schools/businesses are able to re-open for business as usual. Best wishes from all the team at JustDifferent.
Our interactive workshops, delivered by presenters who live with a disability, help to change attitudes towards people with disabilities and those who are different.
A workshop created and delivered by disabled adults introducing primary school pupils to disability and difference.View workshopVisit page about the Disability and difference for primary schools workshop
A workshop created and delivered by disabled adults to positively promote disability and difference to secondary school pupils.View workshopVisit page about the Disability and difference for secondary schools workshop
Our workplace workshop packages are bespoke to each organisation and aim to ensure they feel supported and confident enough to work with disabled people.View workshopVisit page about the Disability and difference in the workplace workshop
“I am writing to say how impressed I was with your workshop at the Middleton On Sea Beavers Group. My son came back all fired up to raise money for JustDifferent, he told me everything he had learned from you workshop in great detail. He talked about you all the way home! I think it is truly amazing how you are creating a positive attitude and educating children about disability.”
Middleton on Sea Beavers, West Sussex
“On Tuesday Alison visited our school spending time with all the children, across all year groups. Her wonderfully engaging presentation enabled the children to think deeply about what makes us different and what makes us the same. The question and answer sessions allowed them to voice their thoughts openly, breaking down barriers and dispelling misconceptions.
A really valuable experience I would recommend your charity and the work they do to all schools.
Looking forward to inviting you back next year.”
Mrs L Spall, Headteacher
Somerleyton Primary School, Suffolk
“My ten year old was especially in awe because she struggles at school. She is dyslexic and often upset at constantly being bottom of the class. She has also suffered from PTSD from a deadly earthquake and thousands of aftershocks we experienced when she was three and a half, which I think has affected her brain. We also feel she might be on a spectrum and it has taken many years to get her seen because she seems ‘normal enough’, whatever that is.
She has an appointment next week and I was feeling anxious about how she will cope with being asked questions because she won’t talk to adults. Now she has met you (Toby) I feel confident she will be brave enough to answer the questions.
She came home yesterday and told us all about your visit and how amazing you are, Toby and how you told her she could do anything because if you can, she can!
You have done in one visit what I have been trying to do for years. Thank you so much.
I wish you all the best with your future talks and endeavours. I think JustDifferent is vital for all children.”
Primary School Pupil, Kent
“Every year we arrange for JustDifferent to come in to work with our Year 3 pupils as part of our PSHE curriculum. The presenters always manage to challenge our perceptions and by the end of the day all of our pupils are thinking differently about disability. The day gives children the opportunity to try different activities that they would otherwise not experience. Having the chance to speak to a disabled person face-to-face is an invaluable learning opportunity.
I would definitely recommend a JustDifferent Day and look forward to our workshops next year.”
L Ramet, Deputy Head
Wickford Junior School, Essex
Conceived in 2006 and launched in 2008 by its founder, Toby Hewson (a young man with cerebral palsy), JustDifferent was formed to make a positive difference to the lives of both disabled and non disabled people. JustDifferent employs a team of disabled workshop presenters who have created and delivered disability and difference workshops in to mainstream schools since 2008. In 2018 we expanded our offer to include workplace workshops available to businesses.
Financial support is vital in allowing us to recruit workshop presenters with disabilities across the UK. Without them we cannot expand our reach and deliver more workshops in schools and businesses.