Disabled and older people can be excluded from the democratic decision-making process for all sorts of reasons. When Thurrock Council adopted the Social Model of Disability in 2002, Members agreed that people are disabled not by their diagnosed conditions, impairments or illnesses but by the society in which we all live.

The barriers that prevent them leading ordinary everyday lives like other citizens are mainly created by people’s attitudes, by the way, society is organised and often by actual physical constraints.

Thurrock Disability Network and Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions CIC support the Peer to Peer initiative as the beginning of a process to understand what really disables people and what can be done to ensure that more people feel socially included and empowered.

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