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About the Physical and Sensory Impairment Network

Through Forum Central 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
Accessible transport
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

Do you have multiple health conditions? Share your experience with Healthwatch Leeds

27th September 2020|Health & Care, PSI|

Healthwatch Leeds is looking for people with multiple health conditions who want to share their experiences to improve health and care services. How does it feel for me? Project The project team are looking for people with multiple health conditions [...]

PSI Information and Strategy 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.

Updates from October PSI Information and Strategy Session

Notes from October meeting (large print)

Slides from October meeting:

Other updates

View the September members update

View the April members update

View the January members update

View the slide presentation from January’s session here

Next Meeting

Wednesday 16th December from 1-2.30pm via Zoom.

If you’d like to join us, please email [email protected]

International Day of People with Disabilities Event Report

In December 2019 we had a large celebratory event at Leeds City Museum to mark the International Day of People with Disabilities.

It was a great event, with lots of people coming together from across the city to showcase their achievements and those of supporting projects

We are pleased to announce that the event report is now available and we hope you enjoy reading it and seeing all of the wonderful photo highlights from the day!

There are 3 versions of the report which you can download from this page:

The Event Report

The Event Report – In Large Print

The Event Report – Easy Read Version

Planning for a 2020 event is now underway. We hope to grow this celebration, learn from 2019 and make this years’ even better! If you wish to be involved please contact [email protected] or call 0113 242 1321.


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.

Chair: Phil Gleeson, Leeds Involving People and PSI-Volition Trustee

Forum Central Representation: Karen Fenton, PSI Development Worker

Inclusion for All Action Group

This group, chaired by Healthwatch Leeds was established in November 2019 aims to bring together representatives from health and care organisations across the city to address the effective implementation of the Accessible Information Standard, which became law in 2016 and makes accessibility a legal requirement for particular

Aiming to provide energy, ideas, actions to making health and care services in Leeds accessible for all communities. Focusing on actions and moving this important agenda forward, with commitments to taking actions individually, within own organisations and collectively as a city.

The group was established, following findings and recommendations from the Visual Impairments Snapshot report which Healthwatch Leeds produced in 2019.

Versions of the report can be found here  

For more information please contact [email protected]

Third Sector Reps: Karen Fenton, PSI Development Worker | Jez Coram, LD Development Worker

(Also present are representatives from DeafBlind UK, Leeds hearing and sight loss service, Leeds society for deaf and blind, National Federation for Blind)