Regional Disability Chairpersons Sought

The Cabinet Office Disability Unit is recruiting 2 Regional Stakeholder Network (RSN) chairs on behalf of the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work. Here’s what they have to say about the vacancies (Full details on the website).

We have chair vacancies in the East of England, and Yorkshire and the Humber. These chairs will join an existing stakeholder engagement network that covers 9 regions of England.

RSNs have supported government work throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and have worked to develop and implement wider disability policy. The RSN’s chairs work with networks in their region and the Cabinet Office to continue to ensure the voices of disabled people throughout England are heard and valued in a way that informs policy and strategy.

Previous chairs have made significant changes in their sectors, using their expertise to make good progress for disabled people. They have helped the government improve the lives of disabled people and remove many obstacles and barriers they can face.

Yet there is still more that can be done to improve the lives of disabled people. The new chairs will continue the work to tackle issues faced by many disabled people through an ongoing dialogue with the government.

2. What being a chair involves

RSN chairs are:

  • leaders in their region who want to make a difference locally and nationally
  • effective change-makers who help to drive improvements in the accessibility and quality of life for disabled people
  • promoters of best practice from within the network
  • coordinators of regular membership meetings
  • advocates for the voices of disabled people, heard through a range of platforms

These are voluntary positions held alongside the chair’s usual job.

3. Could you be a chair?

As a chair, it is expected that you will be:

  • a self-motivated, successful leader in your region, with strong networks
  • credible and respected within your region, and able to reach out to a wide range of disabled people, their carers, parents and disabled people’s organisations
  • passionate about driving social change for disabled people

Full details of how to apply are on the website