YCRDF is a user led-forum and operates from the perspective of disabled people.

YCRDF is a user led forum, from the perspective of disabled people, and membership is open to the following:

  • disabled people and their family/carers, who live in Ryedale and the North Yorkshire Coast area, including people with physical disabilities and sensory disabilities. The YCRDF will use a broad and inclusive definition of people with physical and sensory impairments:

  • people with physical impairments, whether or not their condition is congenital, acquired or progressive,

  • people with sensory impairment (including visually impaired and blind people, deaf people and people with a hearing impairment, and deafblind people), and

  • people with serious ill-health and/or long-term conditions.

  • representatives of disability organisations that provide a service or support to people who live in Ryedale and the North Yorkshire Coast area;

  • representatives of local statutory, health and voluntary organisations;

  • people with an interest in disability issues in Ryedale and the North Yorkshire Coast area.

To help to achieve the above aims, YCRDF members will:

  • Contribute to constructive discussions and provision of feedback to service providers

  • Where possible represent wider groups of disabled people and feedback to these groups as well as raise concerns from those wider groups 

  • Raise issues of importance to disabled people agreed at the YCRDF at local forums and at the North Yorkshire Disability Forum

  • Promote the YCRDF to other disabled people, other organisations and businesses as appropriate

  • Encourage other disabled people to get involved in the YCRDF

  • Represent the views and concerns of disabled people to influence policy and practice

  • Build partnerships with local groups/organisations/businesses to share information and work together

  • Think about the solutions as well as the problems

  • Meet quarterly as a minimum

  • Find a chairperson from within the membership and there is a strong preference that this should be someone with direct experience of disability. This post could be a shared position as appropriate. If there is no one with direct experience of disability willing to chair the forum then other members will be considered.