Midlothian Matters - Moving disabled rights forward

Forward Mid members launch the Directory for Disabled People
Forward Mid members launch the Directory for Disabled People

Forward Mid is a Midlothian organisation which aims to raise awareness of the challenges and opportunities which exist for disabled people both locally and nationally, writes Jeff Adamson.

Formed in 2005, our values reflect the principles of Independent Living – “that disabled people have the same freedom, choice, dignity and control as other citizens at home, at work and in the community.”

We actively promote the rights of disabled people and share information on issues that affect us. Forward Mid works in partnership with public, private and voluntary organisations as part of the Physical Disability Planning Group. This aims to provide practical actions that improve the lives of disabled people in Midlothian. Events and fora facilitated by Forward Mid bring disabled people and service providers together to identify what changes are needed to improve the lives of disabled people in Midlothian. This underlines our belief that services for disabled people should be co-produced with those that can offer them – after all, disabled people are the real experts in defining what is needed and how these needs are met.

Recently we launched the Forward Mid 2017 Directory for Disabled People. This directory is designed to assist disabled people, their families or carers in finding useful and up-to-date information about help, support and solutions to the everyday problems which are still part of the territory for disabled people.

We produce bi-monthly newsletters and on the last Tuesday of every month Forward Mid hosts Cafe Connect at the Welfare Hall, Dalkeith, at 2pm. This is an opportunity for physically disabled people, their carers and anyone with an interest in issues relating to disability, to get together for an informal chat over free coffee and cake.

If you’d like to find out more about Forward Mid, please contact Eric on 0131 663 9471 or by email at eric.johnstone@mvacvs.org.uk

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