Physical Disability Network and Forum
In Kent, there already exist networks and 'forums' for older people/seniors, people
who have a learning disability, mental health issues, autism, or use sensory
services. There is no such county wide forum for people who have a physical
These forums act as a powerful platform for members of the public to raise,
discuss and influence decisions about services. They are also a great mechanism
for organisations to work with and listen to members of the public.
We intend to create a similar network and forum for people with physical
disabilities to enable them to amplify their voice and ensure their opinions and
experiences are heard by the people who deliver and commission services.
What are we trying to achieve?
A Kent wide network that people who have physical disabilities can join and a
forum where they can discuss common issues and work with organisations to
improve services and the day to day experiences of people who have a physical
We plan to create a central Kent group which will link to local groups across Kent.
How are we going about it?
Healthwatch and Centre for Independent Living, Kent (CiLK) are working
together to contact existing groups and individuals
We also want to reach people who wouldn’t normally join groups or
organisations and give them a voice
We want to involve carers and service providers too
How can you get involved?
Do you know of any groups or individuals that we could contact?
Would you like to be a member of the network yourself?
Can you share the information with anyone you think would be interested?
For more information contact George Sapiets, Project Manager on
firstname.lastname@example.org or 07881-927297