#yorkdisabilitydoodle2016 – What future do we want? Does our language matter?


#yorkdisabilitydoodle2016 – following on from the fabulous response to last year’s doodle (see here) we will be at York Explore between Monday 28th Dec to Saturday 3rd Dec doing another.

The way it will work is, we will put up a very large sheet in the foyer and will be asking and encouraging people throughout the week to write, draw and express something about disability.  This can be personal, political, historical, futuristic, a bee in your bonnet, something worth celebrating, a great idea or a powerful memory, drawings, scribbles, portraits, patterns, thumbprints and lipstick, soft voices and screams – anything goes really.  Our goal is to get people talking about disability much much more. Because lets face it, we need to be better at understanding and representing the ‘D’ word.

To kick it off we are thinking about two key questions.

What future do we want? The theme for International Day of Disabled People is ‘Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want’, which draws attention to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and how these goals can create a more inclusive and equitable world for disabled people. See here.

Does our language matter? The theme for UK Disability History Month in 2016 will focus on the language used to describe disabled people and the language disabled people use to express themselves. See UKDHM.org

So please do come down and say hello, pick up a pen and add a bit of you to the #yorkdisabilitydoodle2016 or send us something by email, tweet or text below.

We will be in the foyer of York Explore, 10-3pm on Mon 28th, Tues 29th Nov, Thurs 1st, Fri 2nd, and Sat 3rd Dec, 12-5pm.

For further information please contact Stephen on hiya@stephenleehodgkins.net or admin@yiln.org.uk or text/mob 07752 365 297 or @yiln2.


Celebration of International Day of Disabled People


December 3, 2016 @ 12:00 am to 4:30 pm at York Explore

International Day of People with Disability

BSL interpreters will be avaliable.

International Day of People with Disability and Disabled History Month are important dates in the calendar but have been little celebrated in York.  We’d like to see them build and grow! Grass roots community groups, city wide and international organisations have come together to create a programme exploring and celebrating our experience of disability  through poetry, music, art and performance.

Our celebration launch is at noon, followed by an afternoon of activities, workshops and the chance to chat and share your thoughts, ideas, and feelings. Some highlights of the day:

Burkina Beading Workshop with Ross Georgeson Join artist Ross Georgeson for a demonstration of paper-beading techniques used by west African artisans with disabilities. This drop-in workshop is for anyone & everyone over 6 (children must be accompanied)

Chilli-BON-BON interactive dance & drama workshop Chilli-BON-BON is a community performance group. You are invited to watch/join in with our workshop using sound, music, movement, film, dance, silence and laughter. Suitable for all ages and abilities.

Ross Georgeson Disability Art Exhibition  Edinburgh-based artist Ross Georgeson will exhibit his latest collection of artworks based on his work with disabled athletes in Burkina Faso.

Voice of the Drum Making music together is great fun. No previous experience needed; open to all ages and abilities. We are proud to have disabled and non-disabled members in our performance group.

Disability Doodle The doodle is open to everybody, disabled and non disabled people alike, family carers, allies, workers, friends, neighbours etc. There are no wrong answers or bad doodles, so don’t hold back, we encourage challenging comments, but nothing offensive please! You can follow the doodle on twitter using the hashtag #YorkDisabilityDoodle2016.

My Shape is an audio visual performance piece presenting the poetry of the late, great Barbara Stewart (1956-2016).  Barbara’s poetry draws on her lived experience as a proud disabled person. Articulating her very personal experiences of, the medical profession, everyday discrimination, difference and empowerment, Barbara’s work is at the same time shockingly honest, funny and positive.

See https://www.exploreyork.org.uk/event/international-day-of-people-with-disability/

Put on jointly by York Independent Living Network, York Explore, York Human Rights City Network and International Service.

More information

Disability History Month & International Day of Disabled People 3 Dec 16.

The theme for UK Disability History Month in 2016 will focus on the language used to describe disabled people and the language disabled people use to express themselves. See UKDHM.org The theme for International Day of Disabled People is ‘Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want’, which draws attention to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and how these goals can create a more inclusive and equitable world for disabled people. See here.

We are currently planning an event in York to celebrate Disability History Month(22 Nov – 22 Dec) & International Day of Disabled People (3 Dec 16).  This is in partnership with York Explore, the International Service and York Human Rights City Network.  This will happen between 28th Nov and 3rd Dec. Further details will be shared soon.

We are keen to hear from anyone else who might be planning something too so that we might promote this as part of our celebrations.  If you are planning something, or know of anyone doing so please do get in touch.

Please email admin@yiln.org.uk or tweet @yiln2.



Disability Natter – York as a Human rights city, WEDS 2nd Nov, 6pm.

Date: Wednesday 2nd November 2016, 6pm – 8pm,  York Explore, Library Square, York YO1 7DS – PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF VENUE – see https://www.exploreyork.org.uk/


York is hoping to declare itself as the UK’s first Human Rights City in 2017.  So what does that mean for disabled people?  What has happened so far?  Why do human rights matter for the people of York?  Marilyn Crawshaw of the York Human Rights City Network will talk about the history of the Network and about how its work could make a difference here in York through creating a culture which strives to enable each and every citizen to have their human rights recognised.


York Independent Living Network invites you to an open debate and ‘natter’ about these and maybe other questions. We want disabled people, informal carers and their allies to come along and share their experiences, issues, achievements and ideas about disability equality and inclusion.


The space will be friendly and there are no wrong answers, and everyone that wants to contribute will be given a chance to do so.  So if you have something to share, like what happened to you, or how you’ve achieved a goal, a question, a memory, a poem, some useful information, a bee in your bonnet, a film or photo, a campaign or an idea that will help further disability equality and inclusion in York do please come along.


The event will begin with a bit of getting to know each other and then we will open it up to those that come along. We will try and summarise it at the end and explore any future actions and next steps that may have arisen. You are welcome to come for all or part of the meeting too.


Just in case your wondering, by disabled people we refer to the social model and include a broad range of issues, i.e. mental health, learning difficulties, physical, sensory and other impairments, chronic illness and other health related issues. By informal carers we refer to friends or family members that provide an unpaid caring/support role. By allies we mean anyone who is committed to achieving disability equality and inclusion and recognises the everyday struggle disabled people face.


Please let us know if you can attend. We aim to facilitate an inclusive event, but let us know if you need something accessible for you to participate we will do our best to provide it.


For more information, directions, details of parking etc, and to let us know you are coming please email admin@yiln.org.uk or text/mob 07752 365 297.


York Safe Place Scheme, open event, 22 Sept 16, 6.30-8.30pm.

Safe Place Scheme Widgit logoA Safe Place Scheme is a voluntary scheme that provides safe and supportive places, displaying a ‘Safe Place’ logo, which are open to the general public, such as shops, libraries and customer services.

These act as ‘go to’ places should a disabled person experience difficulties. Safe Place Schemes help disabled people feel confident and safe, and enhance their independence.

We are holding an open event for people to find out more about how the scheme will work in York.
We particularly welcome people who may use the scheme, organisations /businesses who could provide a Safe Place venue and organisations who could support the Scheme.
We will present information  the development of the York Safe Place Scheme and people will be able to will to comment on the plans, resources, and to share ideas and concerns.

Thursday 22 September, 6.30-8.30pm, City of York, West Offices, George Hudson Room, West Offices, Station Rise, York YO1 6GA.

To book on this event: Click here

For more see –York Safe Place Scheme

Lives Unlimited: Direct Payment Support by and for disabled people and family members

Direct Payment Support by and for disabled people and family members

  • New Payroll service

Lives Unlimited is pleased to announce that we can now offer a payroll service through our colleagues at ibk initiatives – www.ibkinitiatives.com

If you are interested please contact Lives Unlimited in the first instance at info@livesunlimited.org.uk

  • A new exciting, user and family led project for direct payment support

We are setting up a new project that brings people together to share what works in employing PAs.  This new project is not a service but a shared arrangement between those disabled people and families taking part. It is being planned by disabled people and families who have years of experience of employing PAs. With a paid, skilled facilitator, the project will bring people together to share ideas and solutions that we believe will genuinely improve people’s lives. This is an exciting opportunity to create and shape a group – you must be willing to work cooperatively to make it work effectively.

To kickstart the project we are offering a payroll service through ibk (see above). This is open to anyone needing payroll support.

For more information: Click Here

Update 2: York Safe Place Scheme

Did you know that there are at least 35 Safe Place Schemes in England? We hope to put York on the map before too long. At an Inclusion North event, June Peacock, a member of the steering group, joined representatives from Safe Place Schemes in Yorkshire to share information and good practice.

Each Scheme is different, and so the steering group is looking at developing a Scheme that reflects the unique characteristics of York and which can operate effectively here. For instance Peta Hatton from the York Independent Living and Travel Skills and Fiona Andrews from the British Transport Police have worked with young people at Manor CE Academy. They looked at a YouTube video from another Safe Place Scheme and talked about what they liked and did not like. They also had many suggestions for which venues could become Safe Place venues. We have also been invited to talk to the Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Partnership Board, the Safeguarding Adults Board and the Children’s Society young disabled children advisory group in York.

At the second meeting, the steering group discussed Safe Place venues, awareness raising and guidance and looked at operational models. You can read more about what we have been discussing on the steering group page: steering group

We would love to get ideas and suggestions from people, also if you are able to offer help with developing the resources or interested in becoming a safe place venue then please get in touch with us. Email  admin@yiln.org.uk or text/leave a message at 07752 365 297.