Respect Equals Change (REC)

Respect Equals Change (REC) is a group of young people with disabilities who want to have a voice, influence change and make a difference.

Respect Equals Change (REC) first met in April 2011, starting with six members and continuing to grow.

In March 2012, REC’s official launch event gave an opportunity for young people and professionals to find out more about the group and what we aimed to achieve. REC spent the rest of the year looking at how awareness could be raised to show they are young people first, and their disability comes second.

The group is supported by Northumberland County Council's youth service.

The seven purposes of Respect Equals Change:
  • make sure disabled people have a say
  • raise awareness of other disabilities
  • create a positive image of disabled young people
  • be an advocate for disabled young people
  • work in local communities/key areas in Northumberland to gain respect
  • be taken seriously
  • build better relationships with schools
For further information, please get in touch. If you are a young person with a disability and would like to become a member of REC, we would love to hear from you.

Please contact us through Northumberland Youth Service, on participation@northumberland.gov.uk or call 01670 536400.