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.
“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:
“I love to talk about disability! At this point I’d consider it one of my hobbies.
Being part of the Forum gives me the opportunity to discuss issues around disability, and learn about the similarities and differences experienced by other people with a variety of needs. Being focussed on activism, the work of the Forum feels like a positive movement that’s able to affect change in society and bring awareness of and equality to disabled people in York.”
Elki’s latest blog posts:
“Having had ME for over 14 years, I’ve been working to raise awareness of this illness in York for a number of years.
However, 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.”
“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”
“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.”