Physical & Sensory Impairment2021-09-08T09:29:00+01:00

About the Physical and Sensory Impairment Network

The Forum Central PSI network aims to 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.


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, housing and specialist supported housing
Carer support, employment support, peer support, one to one support
Information and advice, campaigning and awareness
Healthy living, sport, social activities, accessible transport, art and wellbeing

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

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. 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

Physical & Sensory Impairment News & Events

Vote for Volition trustee candidates

26th November 2021|Featured, Health & Care, Learning Disability, MailChimp, Mental Health, PSI|

Volition is recruiting 3 Trustees to join their Board and are pleased to share five candidates for Volition members to consider and vote upon. To help you consider your preferred candidates, the skills and experience we are looking for, [...]

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 previous PSI Information and Strategy Sessions 

If you’d like to join future meetings, please email [email protected].

International Day of People with Disabilities Event – #LeedsForAll 2020

International Day of People with Disabilities – Leeds For All

Leeds for All is a working group established by Forum Central. It brings together third sector organisations and Leeds City Council to plan activities to celebrate and highlight the International Day of Disabled People (IDODP) each year.

Using the Social Model of Disability Leeds for All provide an opportunity to address and celebrate the achievements and needs of people with disability in Leeds. The aim of the events is to highlight issues and challenges faced by disabled people and to create opportunities for learning and connectivity amongst individuals and organisations in Leeds.

In December 2020 Forum Central and the William Merritt Centre, coordinated ‘#LeedsForAll’ a large programme of events and activities which took place online over 4 days to celebrate International Day of People with Disabilities.

The event was a huge success with 13 live events attended by over 300 people and many more pre-recorded activities that people joined in with in their own time and offline. It brought the disabled community and wider third sector in Leeds together during a time when we couldn’t be together in person.

To read more about the event and it’s highlights see the post-event thank you message. Catch up on recordings of some of the live sessions and enjoy all of our pre-recorded content on our YouTube channel:

2020 Event Reports
There are 3 versions of the report which you can download and share:

Planning #LeedsForAll 2021
Last year’s event built on the success and learnings from the 2019 celebration and we’re sure 2021’s will be even better! If you wish to be involved in planning for 2021 please visit


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 Volition Trustee

Forum Central Representation: Karen Fenton, Volition Operations Manager

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, Volition Operations Manager | 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)

Contact us

0113 242 1321      [email protected]      @MyForumCentral

Photo of Zaira Khanum's head, smiling in a peach headscarf

Zaira Khanum

Physical and Sensory Impairment Development Worker

Zaira's role is to strengthen the strategic influence of the Physical and Sensory Impairment network and lead on the Leeds for All planning group.

Zaira is passionate about promoting the social model of disability, in reducing inequalities and promoting inclusion to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Leeds.

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