PSI-Volition was formed in November 2017 through the merger of Volition (the mental health forum) and the Physical and Sensory Impairment (PSI) Network. Through PSI-Volition we support third sector organisations that work to improve the lives of disabled people with physical and sensory impairments in Leeds.
We promote the social model of disability, and the inclusion, independence and equality of disabled people.
There are over 50 PSI-Volition member organisations with a focus on physical and sensory impairment, and this number is steadily rising.
- Third sector organisations
- Based in or working in Leeds
- Working with or supporting disabled people with physical and sensory impairments
Physical and sensory impairments include, for example: mobility impairments, long term physical conditions, hearing and visual impairments.
For more information on joining please contact us.
The PSI Network was hosted by Voluntary Action Leeds for many years. In March 2016, the Network became independent and registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO). In November 2017 the PSI Network formally merged with Volition to form PSI-Volition.
Our member organisations are involved in everything that we do. They are a mixture of:
- Groups and organisations run by and controlled by disabled people
- Organisations commissioned or funded to provide services for disabled people, including support to live independently, housing or employment support
- Local groups which run social and other activities
- Local support groups that are part of large, national charities for people with specific impairments or conditions
- Disability sport organisations
- Third sector organisations that support a range of people or communities, and which have specific regard for people with physical and sensory impairments
We work to ensure that our members are involved in strategic planning and development of services for disabled people.
We encourage partnership between agencies and across sectors, and provide information to third sector organisations to support them in delivering high quality services.
We hold networking events, run consultations, and communicate local and national news amongst our members.
Physical & Sensory Impairment News & Events
Four students from the University of Leeds students are working on an new accessibility project in the city. The pilot project, called Leeds Access Advisor, encourages people to create reviews of disabled access to places around Leeds. The Leeds Access [...]
Scope is carrying out research to understand what information employers should be collecting to understand the experiences of their disabled employees. A workshop is planned to find out: What would you like to know about an employer? What information would [...]
Leeds Disabled People’s Organisation would like to let you know about our upcoming event, LGBT* Disabled Pride Picnic, which will take place on Saturday the 30th of June from 12pm-6pm at Roundhay Park, LS8 2HH. This event is aimed at people [...]
The PSI Network CIO works to ensure that third sector disability organisations are involved, along with the rest of the health and care sector, in major strategic developments that go beyond our specialist areas. It’s important that disability organisations have a voice in this work. And of course we take up opportunities to represent the sector at boards and working groups about issues that affect disabled people, such as transport and employment.
Better Lives Board
Oversees and provides leadership for implementation of Adult Social Care’s Better Lives Programme.
Third sector representatives:
Phil Gleeson, Leeds Involving People and one of the PSI-Volition trustees, co-chairs this Board along with a councillor.
Ordinary Lives Project Board
Lucy Graham – Forum Central attends this board.
Information & Resources
Ordinary Lives, a new project, led by Adult Social Care, around housing / independent living with the vision:
Everyone with impairment or support needs is able to live in an ordinary home and receive the support they need to live independent, meaningful and purposeful lives.
The aspiration of the project is to offer an alternative to residential care, instead using community based ordinary living options that give greater choice, control, independence and social inclusion.
Improving Lives, the work, health and disability green paper sets out proposals to halve the disability employment gap.
- Partnership roles for third sector organisations in supporting disabled people and people with health conditions into work
- Changes to the Work Capability Assessment
- Support for employers
- Timely and personalised access to employment and health services
- Integrating the health and social care and welfare systems
The consultation on this green paper closed on 17th February 2017.