An independent voice for women with disabilities, of all backgrounds, ages and situations — since 1984
WinVisible is a multi-racial community group of women with visible and invisible disabilities: polio, sickle cell anaemia, osteo-arthritis, mental health issues, cancer . . . from different backgrounds: asylum seekers, refugees, other immigrants, UK-born.
Through WinVisible, disabled women meet and support each other, overcome isolation and discrimination, and often win what we are entitled to. We provide self-help information and advocacy, on benefits, accessing health, transport and support services, on homecare charges and many other problems, against discrimination, including in employment.
Our self-help Benefit Rights Sheet helps many people to win their disability benefits, defend themselves against benefit sanctions, bedroom tax & eviction, Council Tax bills, to know their rights as Council and private tenants, and take up community care rights as disabled asylum seekers and immigrants.
Being disabled and surviving in an inaccessible and prejudiced world is very hard work. Many disabled women are mothers and carers for elderly relatives and others in the community, on top of coping with our own disability or ill-health. We defend disabled women against discrimination of all kinds, including refugees, claimants denied benefits, mums who risk losing their children because they are seen as ‘unfit’.
- Self-help meetings and topic discussions.
- Regular volunteer sessions, with training and support provided.
- Information and advocacy by phone, email, face-to-face, website.
- Benefits rights workshops — contact us if you are interested in having a joint workshop hosted by your group.
- Testifying how cuts to benefits, legal aid, homecare and carers’ low pay, healthcare and other services affect disabled women, and defending our entitlements.
- Exposing mistreatment by private companies such as Maximus, Atos, Capita, Care UK.
- Pressing for money and resources to protect us against dependence and promote independent living.
We work with women’s groups and other organisations:
- To stop and prevent violence against disabled women and girls by institutions, abusive partners or family members.
- Backing the Living wage for mothers and other carers petition. Like other women, disabled women want recognition that our caring work, for ourselves as well as others, is vital to society.
- Solidarity with people with disabilities in other countries such as survivors of the continuing industrial disaster in Bhopal, India.
Volunteers are welcome
Contact us: Tel 0207 482 2496
Crossroads Women’s Centre
25 Wolsey Mews, London NW5 2DX, UK
Kentish Town tube and overground