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
Click here to find out about self-care
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.
Follow us on social media and sign up for our newsletter where we will be sharing self-care techniques and general lifestyle changes to you help manage during this pandemic.
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
It is a challenging time for everyone at the moment
Disabled People are still entitled to care and support. Click here to read more
Keep an eye on our website where we will publish resources for people who employ Personal Assistants, you can also visit HampshirePAFinder
The ‘In Control’ charity ran a webinar on “Social care and direct payments during the Coronavirus outbreak”, click here to watch it.
If you receive regular health or social care from an organisation, either through your local authority or paid for by yourself, agree on a plan for continuing your care with your care provider. If you receive essential care from friends or family members, speak to your carers about extra precautions they can take to keep you safe. Now is the time to make a contingency plan in case one of your carers becomes ill.
Ask family, friends and neighbours to support you to use online services. If this is not possible, then the public sector, business, charities, and the general public are helping those advised to stay at home. It is important to speak to others and ask them to help you make arrangements for the delivery of food, medicines, essential services and supplies, and look after your physical and mental health and wellbeing.
Hantshelp4vulnerable – a new helpline
A new helpline has been set-up in Hampshire for frail or vulnerable residents who do not have other support, and who need urgent assistance with essential food or household supplies, collection of medication, or who are at risk of loneliness. Hantshelp4vulnerable can provide advice and information, as well as co-ordinate requests for practical help, passing them through to the appropriate Local Response Centre – there is one based in each of Hampshire’s 11 districts. Hantshelp4vulnerable can be contacted on 0333 370 4000. The helpline is available seven days a week, from 9am-5pm. Calls to this line are charged at local rate.
Keep safe while self-isolating by trying to use existing and trusted community groups. If you’re not sure about an offer of help don’t answer the door, ask the person to leave details and talk to someone you trust about it. Unfortunately, but predictable, there are many Covid-19 related scams.
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.
Active peer support
1pm to 3pm, first and third Monday of every month
Fareham Shopping Centre