What we are doing
We have three focuses to our work:
1. Developing local Disabled activists - We want to support local residents to campaign about issues that impact us as Disabled people. We are organising training sessions and resources to build the next generation of HAFCAC campaigners.
2. Strengthening the Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) network - In addition to planning annual celebrations for International Day of Disabled People on 3rd December, we’re working with the borough’s other DPOs to build a strong collective voice for local Disabled people.
3. Encouraging Disabled people to vote and engage in local democracy - We’re continuing to work with the council and other campaigning groups to get more Disabled people registered, voting, and engaging in local and national elections.
Get involved with our ground-breaking campaigning work - get in touch.
International Day of Disabled People 2019
Thanks to everyone who came and made IDDP 2019 so fantastic, especially Tara Flood for stepping in as compere!
As always it was a great event put together by the DPO network, made up of all local Disabled People’s organisations, with help from the council. It was particularly good this year to talk about what we can do to campaign together for our rights as Disabled people, which are still so often restricted. These are fights we can win if we work together.
If you want to get involved with any of our organisations, get in touch! HAFCAC in particular is setting up a campaign group and providing training, and is looking for people to get involved.
You can find us at:
Safety Net People First: email@example.com
Action on Disability: firstname.lastname@example.org
“ENIL Freedom Drive 2019”
In October, HAFCAC hired a new Development Worker, Alice Armstrong, to continue the work of developing the next wave of HAFCAC campaigners.
HAFCAC members attended the European Network for Independent Living (ENIL) Freedom Drive in Brussels, meeting up with Disabled campaigners from around Europe, protesting and lobbying at various EU bodies. HAFCAC founding members Tara Flood and Kevin Caulfield gave a workshop to attendees about the results of HAFCAC’s grassroots campaign for Independent Living, and the trailblazing new model of co-production adopted by the council in Hammersmith & Fulham.
For more details about the ENIL Freedom Drive 2019, including presentations and recordings of workshops and speeches, click here.
“General Election 2019
HAFCAC held a series of voter registration sessions at Dawes Road Hub, helping local Disabled residents to register to vote in the General Election. We also worked with the council to update our election posters (see above) and went out with the H&F Save Our NHS campaign group to various locations in the borough to encourage people to vote.”
New Steering Group Member
In March we welcomed Mimi Nunez-Trejos as the newest member of HAFCAC’s steering group! Mimi is an experienced co-production campaigner, particularly in the fields of Criminal Justice Reform and Mental Health. She is already proving to be a brilliant addition to the group.