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.

Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

At the #disabilitynatter event held on the 29th June, Citizens Advice York gave us a bit of an update on some of the changes happening to disability benefits. This included to the move from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to Personal Independence Payments (PIP). Below is a brief summary of what they said.

The government is aiming to have everyone of working age transferred from DLA and claiming PIP by October 2017. Individuals will carry on getting DLA if they were 65 or over on 8 April 2013. For everyone else aged 16 and over, DLA will stop and they will need to claim PIP instead – even if they have a ‘lifetime’ or ‘indefinite’ award for DLA. Individual’s will not be automatically moved over to PIP, they will get a letter from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) before October 2017, asking them to make a new claim.

Many people on DLA will qualify for PIP but it isn’t guaranteed. Being prepared with the right information about when completing the new form is important. Referring to your previous DLA claim forms, including medical evidence of how your condition is affecting you, keeping a diary about good and bad days and listing any aids or appliances may be useful.

If your claim is unsuccessful you can appeal. There has been a gradual increase in the success rate of PIP appeals, and additional data suggests that attending a hearing in person increases the chances of success. Before you have a right to appeal to a tribunal you must usually ask for the decision to be looked at again. DWP call this a mandatory reconsideration. You must then appeal within one month of this response. Further details of the appeal process by Citizens Advice can be found here. The process can be complex and in order to ensure you present your case strongly it may be worth seeking support to help you appeal.

Citizens Advice York can offer support to people to help with applications and appeals. Details of the how to access the service in York can be found here.

Update: York Safe Place Scheme

The work on the York Safe Place Scheme started a month ago and we’ve been really pleased with the interest and enthusiasm shown so far!

We made it into The Press, you can read the article here: York Press article

The steering group had their first meeting on 12 May. The members discussed the role of the steering group and what needs to happen between now and the launch at the end of the year. The steering group will make recommendations to the City of York Council and North Yorkshire Police about how the Scheme should be run and what resources are needed. You can read a summary of the meeting on the  website: York Safe Place Scheme

We would love to hear from you what you expect from a Safe Place and which venue you would like to be a Safe Place and why. You can speak to any of the steering group members or send an email to Shelley, YILN administrator, at admin@yiln.org.uk.

As part of the Festival of Ideas, Out of Character Theatre Company is performing a show contributing their ideas about a new design for mental health treatment in York. Safety – ‘a safe place to go’ – is one of the key things people have been talking about. It will be on Tuesday 14 June from 7 to 9pm at York St John University. Find out more and get your ticket here (it’s free!): Out of Character Theatre Company

Finally, a date for your diary!

We will have an open event to discuss the York Safe Place Scheme. Everyone is welcome. We will send information about how to register nearer the time.

Date: Thursday 22 September

Time: 6.30-8.30pm

Venue: George Hudson Room, West Offices, Station Rise, York YO1 6GA