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Devon’s Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Local Offer

How children and young people can get involved

Champions for Change

Devon’s children and young people’s participation group is called ‘Champions for Change’. We are a group of young people with special educational needs and disabilities who believe that voices should be heard, not ignored: Listen, hear and understand.

We meet about once every half term at Tiverton Youth Centre, where we learn about what participation means and where we can have an impact. We are thinking about having meetings in different parts of Devon, so we can reach more people who can’t get to Tiverton – watch this space for more information.

Anyone can be a Champion for Change! At the moment, we have a small group of young people who meet at our operations base in Tiverton – but your location doesn’t matter. If you want to be part of the Champions for Change network, get in touch.

If your organisation can prove that it listens to, hears and understand children and young people with SEND, your organisation can be part of the network and you can join this exclusive list!

Watch our film

Get involved

If you want to be a Champion for Change you can get in touch with us and let us know. Email us at or call or text us on 07890 595777.

You can tell us what is important to you as a young person with special educational needs or a disability.

You should also talk to your school, college or youth service. Show them our video and ask them how they #ListenHearUnderstand – then send us their details and tell us what they say. You could receive a free pen or badge to prove you are a Champion for Change!

Read the rules for being a Champion for Change.

Notes from our meetings

Take a look at some of the things we talked about in the meetings we’ve had already.