Direct Payments in York; Current Issues and Future Direction.


This post presents our position on the current issues and future direction for direct payment support in York.  It outlines the background, purpose of this work and our current position. It also includes six themes relating to current issues and concludes with seven recommendations that we believe will improve direct payment support in York and the quality of life of disabled people and their families. Continue reading

What is Disability Pride?

Made as part of York Disability Pride 2017 celebrations, this short clip explains what ‘disability pride’ means for us. Big thanks for the wonderful and powerful voice of Imogen who tweets as @shewritesall and blogs at for helping make this happen.  Continue reading

York Disability Pride; Fri 1st, Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd Dec.

I want to fly free

Join us over the weekend of 1st, 2nd and 3rd December 2017 to celebrate disability pride in York, with comedy, theatre, dance, music, spoken word and art. With Creative movement and dance perform ‘Take Flight’ at York Disability Pride Cabaret on Fri 1st Dec along with , , , , .

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EVENT: Direct Payments and Personal Assistants (PAs): Experiences, Issues and the Way Forward

Thursday 23rd November, 2-4pm, Main Hall, Priory St Centre, York YO1 6ET

Do you use Direct Payments?  Do you employ a P.A.?  Or do you work with people who do?


This event will look at direct payments and how people use them to be independent.  It will include Panel presentations on:

  • personal experiences of support and management of personal assistants (PAs),
  • running a direct payments support scheme in Lancashire through Disability Equality North West, a disabled persons organisation
  • current research from the University of York.

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Celebrating Disability Pride 2017

mage of the clasped hands of the late great disability activist and poet Barbara Stewart.

Image of the clasped hands of the late great disability activist and poet Barbara Stewart.

Celebrating Disability Pride in York 2017

On Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December we will be celebrating disability pride in York. On Friday night at York St John University we are planning a showcase of disability art performances from international, national and local artists that will including comedy, theatre, spoken word and music. Then on Saturday and Sunday we will be at York Explore with a two day festival of disability arts and debate, including music, dance, drama, arts, debate and a pop up cinema. Supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s York Committee and working in partnership with York Explore, York Human Rights City and others, we at York Independent Living Network are proud and excited to be marking disability pride 2017 in this way.  We’d love you to be part of this so watch this space for further details and we look forward to welcoming you over this weekend of disability pride and power. Continue reading