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.
The British Dyslexia Association is the voice of dyslexic people. Who aim to influence government and other institutions to promote a dyslexia friendly society, that enables dyslexic people of all ages to reach their full potential. The BDA promotes early identification of specific learning difficulties (SpLD) and supports in schools to ensure an opportunity to learn for dyslexic learners.
Red Zebra is a charity providing a wide variety of services across Kent. they believe in creating stronger communities by supporting people and organisations living and working in the community. Red Zebra is also a community infrastructure organisation leading Involving Medway.
MVA works towards a Medway where communities are active, empowered and connected They support local not-for-profit organisations, groups and community members to develop skills, build resources and amplify their voice. The MVA also run a volunteer network that is a one stop shop for volunteering in Medway.
Disability Medway Network strongly believes in inclusion for people with all kinds of abilities. We also believe just because someone has a disability, that does not mean he or she cannot do what they enjoy.