Welcome to Forward Mid
Forward Mid is a group of active, purposeful, energised, skilled Disabled People working effectively with a team approach.
Our aim is to ensure that disabled people are always treated with dignity and respect as full and active, equal citizens and to secure equality and human rights for disabled people living in Midlothian and beyond.
How we will succeed in achieving our Aims.
By sharing information on issues that affect disabled people.
To do this Forward Mid publishes;
- Bi-monthly newsletters,
- Newsletter ‘specials’ e.g. an annual transport newsletter,
- a guide to SDS,
- The jewel in our information crown, an annually updated directory, which signposts disabled people, people with long-term conditions, carers, health and social work professionals, Midlothian Councillors and MSP's, to a range of useful services and information available to disabled people and carers resident in Midlothian.
By actively promoting the rights of disabled people.
Forward Mid campaign for the rights of physically disabled people living in Midlothian since 2005. Evolving into a Disabled People’s Organisation that embraces the philosophy of Independent Living which is defined as: ‘all disabled people having the same freedom, choice, dignity and control as other citizens at home, a work and in the community. It does not necessarily mean living by yourself or fending for yourself. It means rights to practical assistance and support to participate in society and live an ordinary life.’ We introduced this philosophy to the Joint Physical Disability Planning Group, and it has shaped the Group’s action plan over the last 5 years.
By working in partnership with public and private sector organisation’s in representing the interests of disabled people.
- Forward Mid have representatives on several public-sector groups including Midlothian’s Joint Physical Disability Planning Group and Midlothian’s Joint Integration Board.
- In the private sector Forward Mid is working in partnership with organisations as diverse as Edinburgh College and Dobbies Garden Centre.
- In the 3rd sector we have links including those with Midlothian Access panel, Midlothian Local Area Co-ordinators and Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living.