Three symbols for people, representing 'male', 'female' and 'wheelchair user'

Hello! We’re the Steering Group.

We manage the logistics behind the scenes which keep the Forum running.

We are a small group with different skills, experiences and knowledge.

Helen Jones in her electric wheelchair looking at the camera and smiling

Helen (She/Her)

“I felt it was important to get involved with YDRF and ensure that the disability community in York gets heard. I have lived in York for over 15 years, and during that time have studied and worked in the city. I am a firm believer that many of the issues affecting disabled people are systemic and come not only from a lack of awareness but also disability not being prominent in the minds of decision makers.”

Helen’s latest blog posts:

Marije (She/Her)

“I am a strong believer in “Nothing About Us Without Us” to ensure deaf and disabled people have full and equal enjoyment of human rights.

In 2019 I got a British Empire Medal for services to education and in particular for strengthening disabled people’s rights and giving disabled people a voice in decision-making.

Through the York Disability Rights Forum I want to continue my contribution to making York a great place to live, study, work and visit for all.”

Lydia is smiling at the camera


“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’s latest blog posts:

Eleanor stands in front of a hedge, smiling


“When York: Human Rights City came to talk to MySight York about the Forum I realised that this was something that could become important and that it would be good for MySight to be involved from the beginning, so I put myself forward.”

A headshot of Marilyn smiling at the camera


“I am honoured to be on the Steering Group as an ally, and also as the link person with York: Human Rights City Network. Having worked as a social worker, and a social work lecturer, I am passionate about dismantling barriers (physical and attitudinal) and making an inclusive society that means we all benefit.”

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