User Voice

Representing Disability in Barnet

The user voice project is an exciting opportunity for disabled people in Barnet to be more involved with decisions which affect their lives.  

The project is led by disabled people, for disabled people. Carers are also welcome. We want to create a Barnet that does not just listen to disabled people but takes action to ensure that services become more inclusive and accessible.  

We want a Barnet that values its disabled community and removes the barriers stopping them from participating fully.  

Philosophy: Nothing about us without us!

As disabled people, we are experts by experience. Whether we are D/deaf, neurodivergent, live with a physical impairment, a health condition, mental health issue or learning disability (or all the above!), we have skills that cannot be learned in a classroom and deserve to be involved in decisions which relate to us.  

How will we get our voices heard as Disabled people?

We are working closely with the council and other partners to create regular opportunities for our members to offer feedback in consultations around matters which affect their lives, with the long-term aim of getting disabled voices closer to council decision-making.  

The project also focuses on the community by supporting our members to engage with each other, get to know other experts by experience and share learning opportunities and tips to support each other through regular meetings and consultation opportunities.   

Become a member

#NothingAboutUsWithoutUs. Illustration of raised hands, a mix of skin tones. One is wearing an LGBTQ+ Progress flag wristband and one is wearing a Disability Pride wristband.

How can I get involved?

Become a member of Inclusion Barnet.  

It is FREE to become a member of Inclusion Barnet.

All disabled people are welcome, that includes those with long-term conditions or mental health issues. We also welcome carers.

Your level of engagement is entirely up to you.

We host regular meetings every three months and work closely with the council to create opportunities for you to give feedback about the challenges and successes you have encountered in the community.

The whole project is about supporting your voice to be heard by decision-makers, so your knowledge can make a difference in our community of Barnet. 

Become a member

Upcoming Events

Meetings

November meeting – Cancelled

Apologies, due to staff sickness our November meeting has been cancelled. We will be in touch with our next meeting date ASAP. 

To hear more about our meetings, you can:

You can become a member to be a part of the User Voice project or come along to this meeting to give it a go!

Or contact Edward Phoenix via email: edwardp@inclusionbarnet.org.uk or phone or text: 07719105107

 

 

Minutes of Previous Forums

 

28 of September 2023, 12pm to 2pm

 

2021

14th December 2021 – Disability Rights Forum

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25 November 2021 – Barnet Voice for Mental Health Forum

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7th July 2021 – Disability Rights Forum

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Jon Abrams, Campaigns and Justice Coordinator for our close friends and allies Inclusion London joined us to discuss the campaign to #ScrapCareCharging.

12th May 2021 – Barnet Voice for Mental Health Forum

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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

31st March 2021 – Disability Rights Forum

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

17th February 2021 – Barnet Voice for Mental Health Forum

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Introducing the Barnet Voice Forum

User Voice Funders

The User Voice project is funded by the City Bridge Trust and the National Lottery Community Fund.

Thank you to both of them for their continued support.

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