We are a user-led charitable organisation, initially founded as the Cornwall Disability Forum (CDF) in 1997 by a small group of disabled people who wanted to create an effective, representative voice.
Although our offices are in Hayle, West Cornwall, we serve the whole county and the Isles of Scilly.
The charity was initially formed to deliver forum events which provided a platform on which disabled people could air their views and opinions, meet with each other and decision makers alike, and collectively have a stronger impact.
In 2005 we merged with a sister charity, ALLDIS, and rebranded the organisation to disAbility Cornwall & Isles of Scilly. As the organisation has grown and diversified we have developed a new RISE approach to service development and delivery.
Represent Include Support Empower
Our formal Constitution was originally adopted in April 1997 and was updated in 2003 and 2006 respectively. As of 11 November 2010, our organisation became incorporated and we became disAbility Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Ltd.
We operate an open invitation to our membership and do not exclude anyone from our discussion platform. Membership is open to individuals and organisations as stated in the membership documents. Individual membership will at all times constitute a minimum of 51% disabled people.
Our aim is to:
Make Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly a better place to live for everyone.
We are governed by a voluntary Board of Trustees / Directors, which will always consist of no less than six members and no more than twelve and a minimum of 75% disabled people to ensure we remain user-led. The Trustees have general control over the management and administration of the charity and carry ultimate responsibility.
The Social Model of Disability
The 'Social Model' underpins all of our work. It explains that:
(We have used the term 'disabled people' because it implies the environment and not the impairment disables the people. Other people prefer 'people with disabilities' to 'disabled people' as it puts the person first. Neither is wrong as it generally comes down to individual preference.)
Our Mission is:
To represent, include, support and empower people living with a long term health condition or disability, their families and carers in Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly.