L.E.A.D. Kingston: Listening, Engaging, Advocating for Disability
Working with parents and carers of children and young people in Kingston
Caring for children and young people is always challenging and caring for them when they also have a disability even more so. L.E.A.D. Kingston is a community of parents and carers of disabled children and young people living in the London Borough of Kingston upon Thames. Open to anyone whose lives are affected by physical and mental disabilities of all kinds, its mission is to bring people together into a community to provide support, share ideas, news and contacts and to ensure that the voices of everyone affected are reflected in the policies and practises of the educational and healthcare services that are an essential part of our everyday lives.
We are not part of the local authority and we are not part of a charity or pressure group. We do not have a singular mission, but are simply brought together by a common interest in helping those that we care for get the most out of life. Our members are as diverse as the children and young people that we care for and reflect the cultural diversity and rich heritage of Kingston upon Thames. Some of our members have written their own stories here. Previously we have been fortunate to receive grants that allow us to meet the costs of hosting events. We also received practical support from EnhanceAble, a Kingston-based charity working with disabled people of all ages. Sadly, we cannot offer grants or make donations to other community groups, charities or individuals.
We hold regular meetings which are minuted. All decisions are taken by voting, either in person during a meeting or via email. We have no leaders and work in the spirit of equality, although some parents are more active than others. If you are able to devote your time, skills and energy to furthering our goals, please do not hesitate to pop in to one of our meetings or get in touch via email.