Who We Are...
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.
Happy New Year!
These are all of LUNAs favourite moments from 2020. It hasn’t been an easy year (especially for disabled and chronically ill folk) but the LUNA community have definitely allowed us to keep our spirits high. We’re so excited to see what 2021 brings.
What have we been up to?
LUNA Science Communication Project
Our exciting new project, involving over 80 students from all over the UK to help create resources alongside young people with lived experience, breaking down the science behind their disability into ways young people can understand. A huge thank you to everyone involved so far, and if you still want to be, just give us an email firstname.lastname@example.org!
A new feature of our social media is our Takeover Tuesdays, where every tuesday a different Disabled young person or member of Team LUNA takes over the instagram (@thelunaprojectuk), and shares a day in the life as well as answering all your questions!
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.