Lincolnshire Young Voices

Lincolnshire Young Voices (LYV) is an award-winning pan-disability participation group that helps to improve the lives of children and young people with SEND. We research and act upon issues faced by young people with SEND.

We are funded by Lincolnshire County Council and supported by Lincolnshire NHS. Broadly, our aims are to improve services and raise awareness of SEND in the wider community. 

Our committee members have lived experience of disability and are dedicated to making positive change. 

We meet every two months in several places around the county. We understand that to inspire change we need to network and partner other organisations.

Our current work

Our Service Plan echoes our mantra of; 'together, our voices make a difference'. We are determined to help the people of Lincolnshire know what LYV do and how they can get involved. Our priorities for 2023-4 are:

  • public transport and accessibility for young people with SEND - we are in talks with LCC transport and have visited Young People’s Learning Provision (SEND post-16) to gain views and experiences on transport. We also work with the independent travel training team, and look at the literature they share with young people with SEND
  • bullying in schools (SEND related)  - contact is being made with a range of schools about getting involved in order to seek insight and gain students’ views and experiences, hopefully making a school based resource to support key messages.

Lincolnshire Young Voices wants to make sure everyone knows who we are and what we are working on. Additional video clips will be added periodically.

Award winning training

Last year, with the backing of Council For Disabled Children and funding from NHSE, Lincolnshire Young won a National Association for Special Educational Award (NASEN) in the  co-production category for working in partnership and producing a short, inspiring resource for professionals with the help of Badshoes Films. 

‘A rough guide to not putting your foot in it’ uses the voices of the disabled community and national best practice to improve knowledge and confidence for everyone: professionals working or coming into contact with children, young people and adults with SEND.

This training is available free once registering with Safeguarding Lincolnshire 

Contact us

If you are aged 14 to 25 (or know someone) with SEND who might be interested in joining our group and making their mark, please contact us 

You can keep up to date with our latest work and projects on Facebook and X.