Physical & Sensory Impairment

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About PSI-Volition

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 or long-term conditions 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 which support people physical and sensory impairment, and the number is steadily rising.

Physical and sensory impairment include, for example: long-term physical conditions, hearing impairments, visual impairments and mobility impairments

Our member organisations support people through a variety of different ways including:

● Independent living
● Specialist supported housing
● Information and advice
● Carer support
● Healthy living
● Peer support
● Social activities
● Sport
● Advocacy
● Housing
● Accessible transport
● Health
● Campaigning and awareness
● Art and wellbeing
● Employment support
● One to one support

To find out more about our members please search the Forum Central members directory

For more information on joining please contact us.

What we do

Our member organisations are at the heart of 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

Local Care Partnerships Update November 2019

19th November 2019|Health & Care, Learning Disability, Mental Health, Older People, PSI|

Pip Goff, as part of Forum Central, is based in the system-wide Local Care Partnerships team providing support and resources to help Local Care Partnerships develop as well and as quickly as possible so they can best meet the need in their [...]

Lighting up the City for International Day of Disabled Persons

18th November 2019|Health & Care, Learning Disability, PSI|

Leeds City Council is promoting this year’s International Day of Disabled Persons on the 3rd December by lighting up its buildings purple and they are hoping that other partners across the city will join them in doing this. If this [...]

4 Dec | International Day of People with Disabilities Event

4th November 2019|Health & Care, Learning Disability, Mental Health, PSI|

4 December 2019 | 10:00-15:00 | Leeds City Museum A drop-in event to celebrate everyday achievements of people with disabilities in Leeds, supporting projects and to discuss ongoing challenges. UPDATE: The deadline for exhibitor applications has now passed. However it would [...]

Physical and Sensory Impairment – Strategic Updates

We hold regular physical and sensory impairment information and strategy sessions open to everyone with an interest in the disability third sector. These meetings are an opportunity to network, get the latest strategic updates and hear from guest speakers.

You can find the notes from the last session (18 September 2019) here

You can find the large print version of the notes from the last session (18 September 2019) here

You can find the presentation from the last session (18 September 2019) here

Dates for 2020

22 January, 10:00-12:00 at The Vinery Centre, 20 Vinery Terrace, Leeds LS9 9LU

23 April, 14:00 – 16:00 at St Georges Conference Centre, Leeds City Centre

08 July, 14:00 – 16:00 at The Vinery Centre, 20 Vinery Terrace, Leeds LS9 9LU

15 October, 10:00-12:00 at St Georges Conference Centre, Leeds City Centre

For more information please contact us at


We work 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 is important that disability organisations have a voice in this work.

Our members and the Forum Central team also take up opportunities to represent the third sector at boards, meetings and steering groups on issues that affect disabled people, such as transport, housing and employment.

Better Lives Board

The Board oversees and provides leadership for implementation of Adults and Health’s Better Lives Programme.

The Board is chaired by:

Phil Gleeson, Leeds Involving People and PSI-Volition Trustee

Councillor Eileen Taylor

Ordinary Lives Project Board

Ordinary Lives, led by the Adults and Health directorate at Leeds City Council, is a project around housing and independent living, which aims to address the reliance on residential care within Leeds with the intention that everyone with impairment or support needs is (should they want to) able to live in an ordinary home and receive the support they need to live independent, meaningful and purposeful lives.

The Ordinary Lives Board provides strategic leadership for the project.

The Board is chaired by: Shona McFarlane, Deputy Director, Adults and Health

Third sector representative: Lucy Graham, PSI-Volition Director

Contact Us

Karen Fenton

Karen is the Development Worker for the Physical and Sensory Impairment and Mental Health Network.

Karen joined Forum Central in August 2019. She has a wide range of experience working in both statutory and third sector health organisations across the city for over 10 years in roles relating to involvement, community engagement, social marketing and membership within mental health, learning disability and cancer services.

Karens formal qualifications include a degree in Marketing and Events and an Msc in Health and Social Care Management. Many moons ago Karen also ran a successful children’s party business and still enjoys a good Hokey Cokey.

Leeds born and bred, having moved around and settled back home, she is very passionate about the city, the people who live here and is enthusiastic to be part of the Forum Central team, playing a small part in contributing to addressing health inequalities and increasing wellbeing for all.

When not at work Karen enjoys spending as much time as possible outside exploring with her nearest and dearest.