During the past six months, JustDifferent have been waiting patiently to re-start our work raising awareness of Difference and Disability in schools across the country. With the beginning of the new term upon us, we are thrilled to be able to say we are up and running and again able to deliver workshops to Primary and Secondary Schools. Recognising that there are still guidelines in place to adhere to with regard to keeping pupils, teachers and families safe from the spread of Covid-19, some changes have been made to the planning of our workshops and it would be our pleasure to work with you to find ways to continue to change negative attitudes and inspire individuals to maximise their potential. We will build on our impact achieved over 12 years in continued partnership with schools, local businesses and communities.
If you would like further information or to make a Workshop booking, please contact us.
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
“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
“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
“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.