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Young Innovator Award Winner 2020/21

Lucy is awarded a 2020/21 Young Innovator Award

I am excited to announce I am part of the 2020/21 cohort of the Innovate UK Young Innovators Awards. What a real privilege this is to be considered worthy among such amazing innovators.

I am part of the cohort due to my new business idea, Lived Experience Learning. I am receiving some de minimis funding and mentoring support to develop my idea into a business.

Lived Experience Learning is an e-learning and training business built upon one of the most under-utilised resources we have: lived experience. The business is based on e-learning via online courses and virtual training, with a strong emphasis on storytelling and new and unheard perspectives, which will be co-designed, facilitated and delivered by people with lived experience, with peer-to-peer courses and lived experience-led training and courses for health, care and other sector professionals. People with lived experience have their time valued and are paid as consultants for their time working on the business, and in future we hope to staff our company with people who need a business that implicitly understands the unique experiences and the unique difficulties of having lived experience of health conditions, disabilities, mental health and/or caring.

This is a long-held idea I am finally able to bring to fruition, thanks to support from the Young Innovators Programme.

The individuals with lived experience that will be involved with us include:

  • Individuals with chronic medical conditions (visible or invisible)
  • Individuals with disabilities whether physical, learning, sensory, communication or other
  • Individuals who have experienced mental health conditions
  • Neurodiverse individuals
  • Informal or family carers
  • Marginalised communities
  • And more widely those with experience of the health and care services/system in certain training and courses we will run.


I’m at the very beginning but I cannot wait as the business develops, our first prototypes are created, the business goes into beta testing and then finally when it gets launched, but it’ll be a slow process.

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