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Join the Forum

There are different ways to get involved with the Forum.

Choose the option that’s best for you.


Become a Forum member

As the Forum becomes more established and discovers what people’s priorities are, we anticipate that there will be working groups for specific projects that you can join. If you sign up for emails you’ll receive our monthly newsletter and hear about the things you can get involved with.

York Disability Rights Forum is open to people over the age of 18 who live or work in York and identify as disabled or as having a disability.

You can also choose to join the Forum as an ally if you would like to be involved but don’t identify as disabled or as having a disability.

Please bear with us whilst we work on our constitution and finalise the rights members have.

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Join the Steering Group

York Disability Rights Forum is open to anyone living or working in York who identifies as disabled or as having a disability.

Contribute to shaping and guiding the Forum. By joining the Steering Group, you’ll help figure out the priorities, logistics, activities and other important issues.

One of the first jobs for the Steering Group is working out how the Group itself will be run, including all the ‘hows’ and ‘whens’ of communication between members. Your experience and input is invaluable!

Volunteer

We’d love to hear from anyone who’s interested in volunteering their time and skills to help out. For example, this could be:

  • administrative and meeting support
  • marketing, PR and events assistance
  • providing BSL interpretation at events and meetings
  • advising on accessibility matters


Why get involved?

“I’m involved because I want to make a difference, help people be aware of what’s going on, and help in some way, even if it’s a small way”

Lydia

“I still see a big disconnect between the disabled community and decision makers, as well as the need for a louder voice to amplify disability issues. In joining the Forum, I see an opportunity for people of all disabilities to come together to be that voice.”

Bill


Current Activities


These are the things that the Forum is currently working on.

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Blue Badge Changes

Even before we were fully formed, the Forum felt it was necessary to challenge changes to Blue Badge parking in the city centre.

Since doing so, we have recieved numerous emails from Blue Badge users in the city who feel strongly about the issue.

Find out more about the changes and what the Forum did in response to them

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Annual Survey

Our Annual Survey helped the Steering Group get to know the disabled people in York and told us that your top three concerns are:

  • Transport
  • Physical accessibility
  • Disability awareness

The next step is to find out what, in particular, is of concern. We’ll be asking what works well, what doesn’t and what can we do to improve things.

Let’s work together.

For businesses and organisations, we can help you reach out to the disabled community in York and work together to help inform decisions and actions that affect everyone.

For organisations already involved with the disabled community – hello! We’d love to work with you and your members to support the work you’re already doing.