Test Valley Disability Forum, a group created back in October 2015 to challenge disability issues within the Test Valley, said goodbye and hello to its chairperson last week.
The group has, over the last few years, tackled many issues faced by disabled people within the area from physical barriers to legislative and community ones.
The group, which has a current core membership of 15-20 members, meets every two months to discuss these issues and how to resolve them and 333 online members. It is made up of those with disabilities and those who care for disabled people. Meetings included one with the MP for North West Hampshire, Kit Malthouse, in attendance.
The group arranged disability days in recent years, to look at both hidden and physical disabilities. They regularly have external speakers in attendance which have included talks by Sultan Sid Dajani, on the use of medical cannabis, and Helen Coleman of the West Hampshire Clinical Community Group.
The Forums latest success has been the introduction of a disabled membership package for the new Andover Leisure Centre run by People for Places. Giving disabled people the same access to facilities and at cost they can afford.
The Forum are aiming for a better social media presence in future.
As Maurice Sweeney stepped down, he said;
“It’s been a privilege to serve as both Chair and volunteer member.”
The new Chairs for the Forum are Adrian Monney and Daniel Hooks.
Anyone interested in being part of the forum can make contact here