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The Physical Disability Forum
The voice of disabled people across Kent
At Healthwatch we hear from people with physical disabilities all the time. We get calls from people needing to learn about what services and support are available to them, but we also hear from people who want to get involved in developing services for people with physical disabilities for the future.
In Kent, we already have platforms for older people and people with mental health or learning disabilities to raise their voice, but there was nothing for people with a physical disability.
We teamed up with the Centre for Independent Living Kent (CILK) to develop a Kent-wide Forum for people with physical disabilities.
Over 100 organisations and individuals got involved for our launch event in 2016 and we are proud that people with physical disabilities now have an emerging voice for the development and improvement of services. We currently have over 200 members of the Forum.
What we do
The Forum works with and influences Councils, Providers and Clinical Commissioning Groups across the county to ensure that services for disabled people are effectively shaped and scrutinised by the people who actually use them. We are working on four key objectives, chosen by Forum members:
- Information Advice & Advocacy
- Assessment Support & Planning
- Direct Payments and Personal Budgets
The Forum meets once or twice a year in full, but is supported by a break out groups made up of volunteer members who are able to devote a little more time to specific work and consultations. The break out group meets several times a year at different venues around Kent to drive forward the objectives of the Forum.
What you’ll get
The Forum provides an opportunity for networking and direct access to decision makers. We regularly contact our members to update them on our work, invite them to engage with us, and signpost them to useful events and information.
Healthwatch Kent has committed, with the financial support from our parent company Engaging Kent, to fund the Physical Disabilities Forum until March 2018. Discussions are underway about future funding.
For more information or to get involved, please email Anna at Anna@healthwatchkent.co.uk or call her on 07525 861 637.
Want to join the online Physical Disability Forum Facebook Group too? Click this link https://www.facebook.com/groups/kentpdforum/. If you want more information on the Facebook group see the document below.