Living with an impairment can be challenging – and sometimes it feels as though society is determined to make things tough for us.
We don’t think disability should be a barrier. We want to help build a better life for Disabled People as members of a more inclusive society. Disabled People’s Voice is involved in campaigning on issues that affect you to try and influence policy decisions.
We are led by Disabled People who are dedicated to making your voice heard.
Whether you need to employ a Personal Assistant, find out what benefits you’re able to receive, or you need help or advice for caring for an elderly friend or relative, we are here to help.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing great uncertainty and anxiety
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Self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental and emotional wellbeing. Good self-care is key to improved mood and reduced anxiety.
It is a simple idea but people often think taking time to look after yourself is selfish. During the safety demonstration on a plane you are told to put on your own oxygen mask before helping anyone. For instance, we all need to practice self-care and look after ourselves so we are able to then offer help to others.
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Staying connected to others makes a world of difference to your mood and outlook. Join our Facebook group to share struggles, solutions, and encouragement. At this time when people are struggling with endless weeks of self-quarantine due to coronavirus there is much that they can learn from Disabled People.Join Facebook Group
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We can share our knowledge and experiences of independent living. We want people to have all the support and information they need to work out their own solutions and make informed choices. We also want to ensure people are getting what they are entitled to.
We’re here to provide information and peer support to help people make the best use of the care and health system to live the life they want.
We want people to have the support to do what makes their lives meaningful, to be connected and have friendships. We want people to contribute to their community.
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FINDING WAYS TO FEEL HAPPIER
Are you feeling stressed or anxious? Are you feeling worried about the future? Or just bored and unhappy after long periods alone during the pandemic? According to the Office for National Statistics Disabled People have, on average, poorer ratings than other people across measures of wellbeing such as life satisfaction, happiness and anxiety.
In conjunction with Creative Learning, we aim to help you improve your wellbeing by providing a range of online courses packed full of tools you can use to enhance your peace of mind, find a level of comfort, and gain control over your worries. You can sign up for as many courses as you like and work through the material at your own pace over the next 12 months. You have the opportunity to take responsibility for your own mental health by signing up. It’s completely free!
QUESTION OF THE MONTH
Increase in the Cost of Living
Due to the current cost of living crisis, many people are being forced to make difficult financial decisions e.g, “eating or heating”. Many Disabled People, because of their disability or long-term health condition, have additional living costs — such as charging powered wheelchairs and other electrical equipment, needing to keep their heating on and special diets. This month, we are asking you to tell us about the financial concerns you have and what impact the present crisis is having on your daily life.
HAVE YOUR SAY
Views wanted on Hampshire’s new Local Transport Plan
Tell Hampshire County Council what you think of their vision for future transport and travel infrastructure to 2050. The implementation of the new plan will affect the way we all travel around the county for work, education and leisure. It is important that the council hears the views of Disabled People. The council has opened a consultation on the draft Local Transport Plan (LTP4). The 12-week consultation runs until 26 June 2022 and you can read the information pack and complete the response form on their website.