The User Voice project provides opportunities for disabled people in Barnet to have our voices heard and amplified

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What is User Voice?

User Voice is a chance for us to come together (virtually for now!) and use our lived experience to change the world

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How will we do that?

We will hold regular focus groups, conduct research and campaigns and provide platforms for community storytelling

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Who is it for?

We want to hear and amplify the voices of anyone who is – or cares for – a person over 18, who lives or works in Barnet and has lived experience of disability

The philosophy

Disability is life on hard mode – but it doesn’t have to be this hard. We want to break down the barriers society puts in our way, and create a better and more inclusive world for everyone.

As disabled people, we are experts by experience. Whether we are D/deaf, neurodivergent, live with a physical impairment, a chronic health condition, mental health issue or learning disability (or all of the above!), we have skills that can’t be learned in a classroom.

The project

Starting in early 2021, we will be running regular focus groups to find out what issues are being faced by disabled people in the Borough, what they’d like to see change and how they feel about plans that will impact them. We’ll look at local and national government policy consultations, and use the collective opinions of the User Voice groups to inform our research and responses.

We will start with two groups: a pan-disability forum for anyone who self-identifies as disabled or cares for a disabled person, and a mental health forum for those with lived experience of mental health issues. Later in the project we plan to add a neurodivergence forum too.

How it will work

For now we’ll be running the groups remotely via video call, which we know has its benefits and drawbacks. To make them as accessible as possible, we’ll be listening to your feedback on what platform we use as well as the best days, times and formats for you. Putting your camera on will be optional, and we won’t call on anybody to speak unless they’ve said it’s okay.

We will also provide the opportunity to give your input via survey or a one-to-one telephone or video call, if you don’t want to or can’t attend the group sessions.

Get involved!

User Voice forum dates and joining instructions are published on the tabs at the left-hand side of the page approximately 4 weeks in advance.

If you have any questions or would like to be involved, please get in touch with the team and we’ll make sure you’re kept up to date:


Tel: 020 3475 1315

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Have your say on mental health in Barnet

Join us in a relaxed, friendly environment to tell us what you think of mental health services and policies in Barnet and nationally.

Help to shape and drive a group aiming to make sure that decision-makers hear the voices that matter most – those of the people whose lives they affect.

2021 Forum Dates

17th February – 6pm 

Introducing the Barnet Voice Forum

12th May – 6pm

What is lost when services are decommissioned? Formulating a position paper on the commissioning cycle and why continuity of services is important for people who access mental health support

3rd August – 6pm

27th October 6pm

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What stories could you and your communities tell about the last year? 

Community Reporting is a way for people to tell their own stories, their own way. Whether you’re a seasoned writer, budding artist or only have time to send the occasional text or voice message, we want to hear from you. 

We’re recruiting a team of disabled people aged 18+, who live or work in Barnet and are interested in receiving training to enable them to tell the stories of their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, we’ll have open reporting channels to allow us to hear from people on a more informal basis. 

We’ll build a microsite to display your work, and hope to have an exhibition in one of Barnet’s libraries at the end of the year-long project. 

The vision is ambitious – but so are we! 

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact us at or on 020 3475 1315.


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Do you believe in a fairer world for disabled people?

Access to public spaces and services. A welfare benefits system that works for, not against, the people who need it. Suitable housing. Opportunities to work, study or volunteer.

What would an equal world look like to you?

Join us to talk about the issues facing disabled people today and how we can use our lived experience to fight for better, for all of us.

2021 Forum Dates

31st March – 6pm 

We’re joined by Ella Abraham of the Disability Benefits Consortium and anti-poverty charity Z2K to ask: does the 2021 Budget discriminate against disabled people?

Register here

23rd June – 6pm

15th September – 6pm

8th December – 6pm

Our Services and Projects

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    Touchpoint provides residents of Barnet with a place to go to get advice and support when things get difficult.

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    Benefits Advice Service

    Supporting disabled people in Barnet with information and help with applications.

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    Trust Wide Enablement Partnership

    We are proud to be working with Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust to help them deliver peer support and coproduction.

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    User Voice

    Our User Voice project aims to amplify the voices of disabled people in Barnet to ensure they are heard by decision makers and those in power.

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    Barnet Voice for Mental Health

    Our team of talented volunteers provide peer support for people who are struggling with their mental health.

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    Inclusion Barnet runs two popular local libraries, East Barnet and South Friern, in partnership with Barnet Council.

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    We believe that research is important and that there is a lack of research that deals with the realities of being a disabled person.

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    Training and Consultancy by Inclusion Unlimited

    We provide high quality training and consultancy for organisations which want lived experience to inform their practice and projects.

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    Community Organisation Support

    Working to support the vital role of voluntary sector organisations in the borough of Barnet.

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    Healthwatch Barnet

    Helping local people get the best out of local services.