Individual Membership

Welcome to our new community, in partnership with Disability Horizons. We were live on Disability Horizons TV discussing our  community, watch the episode by clicking here.

Who is this membership for?

Our community is aimed at any adult whose life is touched by disability: disabled people, those living with life limiting or health conditions, partners and family members. We aim to support each other, learn together and provide a safe space to increase our wellbeing, mental health and sense of belonging and find new ways to manage common challenging disability situations.

Accessibility

The site contains images and cartoons which have alternative descriptions. It also has many videos which are captioned and we also provide a transcript in PDFs. If you have any questions about membership or access needs (we are 93% W3C-compliant), please contact us on info@spokzpeople.org.uk before registering. If you become a member, we will do our best to respond to any feedback you have on increasing access and rectify things you notice that we may have missed.

What does your membership include?

Once you register and login, you can access a whole wealth of support including:

  • Wellbeing programme 100+ pages (see example of 1 page below) covering things like:
    • Finding meaning in disability, loving yourself, building resilience, self-esteem
    • Managing challenging people and situations
    • Interactive – activities, videos, work with a buddy
  • Links to other support and resources
  • Peer videos (watch the intro video at the top of this page)
  • Peer support through forum, chat room & private chat
  • Regular live events (Facebook & chat) with direct support from a therapist
  • News
  • Upload your own videos
  • We also answer forum and chat room questions where possible
  • New content and chapters being added to the programme regularly
  • Check out the tour video above to have a sneak peak!

Earlybird launch price for first 50 members: £150* per year or 3 monthly instalments of £50.

Coupon Code: spokzcommunity25off

(after you click ‘Register’ below, add the code to the box ‘Have a Coupon’ at the bottom of the registration page. During check-out you will be able to select one-off annual payment or payment via 3 instalments)

Membership Grants for low incomes now available

Thanks to lottery funding, we can now offer both paying in 3 monthly instalments and a sliding scale of reduced fees (£45-£135 a year) for those on incomes under £20,000 a year. Email info@spokzpeople.org.uk with proof of an income-related benefit, along with your annual household income, whether you are single or live with a partner or children, and who in your household works. We will then send you a discount code specifically for you. If you can pay more than the grant discount offered, please do as it helps to pay for someone who may not be able to. Income related benefits are: universal credit, income support, pension credit, housing or council tax benefit, ESA and job seekers allowance.

*As a non-profit we keep fees as low as possible, while ensuring we cover our estimated £10,000 annual costs. Normal RRP we expect to be £200 a year.

Edited Example of Wellbeing Programme

Cartoon by Gwyn Bevan Showing Woman seeking courage to go outsideBuild resilience

Ah yes, there it is. The word that society wants us to be, resilient. Being disabled is at times extremely hard and challenging and we must respect that and acknowledge that there may be times when we don’t want to fight any more. At the same time, there are times when disability teaches us very useful things about ourselves and others and we may struggle to put this learning into words. Building resilience is helpful, not in the usual inspiration-porn type way (see I’m not your inspiration by Stella Young), not in an able society-type way (“you MUST be resilient to show us you can cope with being disabled and cope with the unfairness that we send your way so we feel less scared should we ever become disabled ourselves”), but just in an acknowledging encouraging way [cut section….]  The positive news is that there are skills we can learn or build on to help resist the onslaught [cut section….]

Speech bubble saying Exercise

What word would you choose that gives you something to aim positively for? …[cut section]

We can choose to believe something else right? Just because x% of the population says something, does that mean it’s right? Or right for us? Can we question if it’s valid for our lives? Would we feel better about ourselves if we start changing what we believe? ….. [ cut section]

 

If we can learn to leave our comfort zone and push through the fear, we can get into the learning and growth zones where we will find more fulfilment in our lives, regardless of our situations.’

Hope and joy

Yes, there is plenty to be had. We can all find a way to live more content, meaningful lives Whilst disabled. We wouldn’t be writing this if we didn’t think that was possible. We’ll talk more about this later, but sometimes a natural human consequence of living with the experiences of challenging things like disability can reduce the creative approach-seeking parts of our brain: the part that wants to find meaning and try different things to solve situations. [cut section…] This resource is about reawakening the resources you already have, building on them and exploring new ones to give you more ideas on what you would like to change. [cut section…]

Professional Membership

For Healthcare Professionals, Therapists & Support Workers

This section is coming soon, please check back. It will include training, resources and ongoing support for you.

Training for PAs (Personal Care Assistants)

This section is coming soon, please check back. It will include training, resources and ongoing support for you.