Who We Are...
What are we up to just now?
The LUNA Project is a charity that seeks to support and raise awareness of young people with chronic illnesses, disabilities, and long-term health conditions. We believe a key way to do this is friendship. We want to empower young people with disabilities to talk to their friends and peers about their disability and the ways their friends could support them, and to equip able-bodied young people with the tools to support their peers and friends with disabilities.
We also push for wider awareness, because we believe that a world which recognises young people with disabilities is the first step in a world that works for young people and disabilities. Hand in hand with this goes providing the right information and tools - both to disabled and able-bodied young people - which can be seen in our work with workshops, resources, and our blog.
We are a charity run by young people, for young people.
Why not watch this video for a wee 10 minute introduction to who we are, what we do, and what we are proud of!
For July and August 2021 we are taking our own advice and taking some time to rest and recharge! We are having no regular meetings over this time. We do still have a few background projects going though ...
We are working hard on appointments and transitions resources - if you want to be involved get in touch !
What have we been up to?
July 2021 Highlights:
We have been on holiday this July, but there was a few things which happened in the background that we want to share!
A Diversity and inclusion course at the University of Glasgow that we had the pleasure of contributing to and supporting is now live!
Our very own Beth Dillon was an author on a paper published in the BMJ - "Nothing about us without us: involving patient collaborators for machine learning applications in rheumatology".
We worked with Mrs B's Book Emporium to help create a booklist for DIsability Pride Month! You can have a look at the list of books (and get 15% off the books!) over on their website.
June 2021 Highlights:
We created a 4 part series on accessibility - looking at what it is, in person accessibility, online accessibility, and an accessible culture!
We presented at the RCPCH Annual conference! We are so excited and have prepared a poster and video that we hope to share with you all soon! In the meantime, find out more about the conference below!
May 2021 Highlights:
Our very own Beth Dillon had a piece published in the BMJ opinion section titled "Medicine’s ‘stiff upper lip’ approach doesn’t help our mental health"
May was a busy month full of awareness days/weeks - have a look at the resources we created for EDS Awareness Month, Deaf Awareness Week, ME Awareness Day, and Adrenal Insufficiency Awareness day!
April 2021 Highlights:
April was the month of our fundraising challenge! We are so excited to set the goal 874 miles as a community, having conversations, and collaborating!
Our photo diary of LUNA completing miles and personal challenges!
March 2021 highlights:
The incredible Heather led a Writing Workshop for Dear NHS!
Ayah, Amber, and Hannah were all featured in the GUFAB newsletter on "Food and Health"
Anna and Ally were guests on the Learning Scientists podcast talking all things accessibility and inclusion in education!
We created a resource in collaboration with the Glasgow LGBTQIA Medics society!
Our very own Ellie, Anna, and Ally co - hosted a twitter chat with Dr Carolina Kuepper - Tetzel on inclusive education - you can see a round up of it here !
February 2021 highlights:
We had some incredible instagram takeovers - including Saadiyas - which you can watch back on our insta highlights - @thelunaprojectuk !
Ross organised and ran LUNA's very first LGBTQIA social ! It was a huge success !
January 2021 highlights:
We had some incredible artwork for BODIES month designed by Katie Mortimer !
A Glasgow University Magazine Article talking all things LUNA, disabilities, and bodies! By Meghann Paterson.
Ally was a "cook-along" guest talking about the accessibility of the Environmental movement for Burns night!
Our resources are written by young people with lived experience, for young people. There are resources on specific conditions, on managing hospital appointments, navigating friendships - the whole range. If you see a gap, something you want a resource on - get in touch!
We know just how important the school environment is for young people, and that bit more challenging for young people with disabilities. We have developed some resources to help teachers make classrooms more disability positive, and to introduce disability into lessons.
Our blog is a space for young people to write about their experiences, putting a spotlight on the aspects of disability they feel need talking about. Our blog covers topics from independence to intersectionality to IBD. Have a read, and if you feel inspired to write, just get in touch.