On the 22nd March 2019 at St Justus church in Chatham. Disability Medway Network held it’s forth on tour signposting and networking event showcasing nineteen fantastic charities and community groups supporting people with disabilities in and around Medway, including Infinity Life Skills CIC, Club awesome and Club awesome teens, Medway Parents and Carers Forum, Healthwatch Medway, Medway Neurological Network, Parkinson’s UK Medway & District working age group, Medway Voluntary Action, Aztec Day Services ,Hi Kent, Involving Medway, Accessibility a University of Kent project helping students with disabilities, Medway Shared Lives, Mind, Motor Neurone Disease Association, Swale Chronic Pain Group, music man project, ms society and kent police.
At the event, Disability Medway Network had seven brilliant volunteers and thirty visitors exchanging their experiences of both living with and supporting people with disabilities throughout the day. Disability Medway Network is holding more events and activities throughout the year.
Medway has lots of brilliant community groups providing direct support for people with disabilities as well as tackling important issues like social isolation, hate crime and cuts in funding. (Most of these groups are directly run by people affected)
Joseph Wastell the founder and organiser of Disability Medway Network
Disability Medway Network was first set up to act as a forum for people with disabilities, their friends, families and/or carers to discuss their experiences of disability in Medway After getting funding from involving Medway and Kent community foundation, I put on my first networking event which was attended by thirteen groups and charities. After that, I decided to call the group Disability Medway Network. Now we are a signposting group and work with other groups and charities to, raise awareness of both hidden and physical disabilities, to campaign on stuff affecting disability and encourage people with disabilities to take a more active part in society.