Sam Grant became involved in advocacy for people with both mental and physical health needs at sixteen when he worked as the disability advisor for Stratford College, attending multiple meetings giving advice on how to better provide for individuals with additional needs. He went on to join Experts by Experience, a group dedicated to advocacy for people seeking access to various services in the Solihull area.
Sam’s interest in becoming a board member is the result of his autism diagnosis at age three. Sam has been dependent on various services, in particular those which pertain to mental health, since infancy. Unfortunately, the process of acquiring and utilising these services has not always been easy. In addition to being an advocate for individuals with learning disabilities and neurodivergence Sam is a fine art photographer who creates work which explores the subjects of autism and disability.
He has been interviewed by prestigious photography magazines, contributed to art events hosted by the Tate Modern and came away from Coventry University with a first class degree in photography, as well as a distinction at masters level in media practice. He hopes to combine his artistic voice with his advocacy to elevate the conversation surrounding mental and physical health.