Brief list of campaigning organisations

Disability, Neurodiversity, Chronic Illness, Mental Distress & Social Security

Disabled People Against Cuts

DPAC is for everyone who believes that disabled people should have full human rights and equality. It is for everyone that refuses to accept that any country can destroy the lives of people just because they are or become disabled or have chronic health issues. It is for everyone against government austerity measures which target the poor while leaving the wealthy unscathed. It is for everyone who refuses to stay silent about the injustices delivered by wealthy politicians on ordinary people and their lives’ For a list of contact details for all DPAC branches in the UK, please visit: Currently, there are branches in: Berkshire, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Bromley, Cambridgeshire and Essex, Ceredigion, Chester, Chesterfield, Colchester, Croydon, Derbyshire, Dundee, East Midlands, Glasgow, Greenwich, Isle of Wight, Islington, Lambeth, Leeds & York, Leicestershire, Lincoln, London, Manchester, Medway, Mersyside, Norfolk, North East, North East Staffordshire and Cheshire East, Northampton, North and East London, Preston, Sheffield, Southampton, Suffolk and Ipswich, Swansea, Thanet, Trumpton, Waltham Forest, West Midlands, West Lothian, Wrexham. 

Recovery in the Bin

‘We are a User Led group for MH Survivors and Supporters who are fed up with the way co-opted ‘recovery’ is being used to discipline and control those who are trying to find a place in the world, to live as they wish, trying to deal with the very real mental distress they encounter on a daily basis. We believe in human rights and social justice!’

The Black Triangle campaign

‘This group is established to galvanise opposition to the current vicious attack on the fundamental human rights of disabled people by the Government of the United Kingdom utilising “Work Capability Assessments” (as administered by ‘AtoS Healthcare Ltd’ on behalf of the Department of Work and Pensions ‘DWP’) to re-classify sick and disabled individuals as “fit for work” – in flagrant violation of all  accepted medical, and human, ethical standards’

Mental Health Under Capitalism

‘Mental Health Under Capitalism (MHUC) is a solidarity and support group with a focus on capitalism, oppression and its effect on mental health

Social Work Action Network (SWAN)

‘campaigning organisation of social work and social care practitioners, students, service users, carers and academics, united by our concern that social work practice is being undermined by managerialism and marketisation, by the stigmatisation of service users and by welfare cuts and restrictions.

Mental Health Resistance Network

‘The Mental Health Resistance Network was set up by people who live with mental distress in order to defend ourselves from the assault on us by a cruel government whose only constituents are the super rich and who value everyone else according to how much they serve the interests of this selfish minority.’

Sisters of Frida

‘Sisters of Frida CIC is an experimental collective of disabled women. We want a new way of sharing experiences, mutual support and relationships with different networks’

Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People

‘GMCDP is a Disabled People’s Organisation, which means it is controlled and run by disabled people only. All Executive Council members and staff positions are only available to disabled people’. Aims: ‘promote the independence and integration of disabled people in society; identify and challenge the discrimination faced by disabled people in society today; encourage and support the self-organisation of disabled people; ensure disabled people have equal rights in society and in access to opportunities

Black Minds Matter UK

‘We are a non-profit organisation that aims to empower communities to take charge of the change and improvement that they want to see. Black Minds Matter is for anybody aged 13- 25 who is passionate about changing things that will bring about a more equal and just society for all.’

ROFA (Reclaiming Our Futures)

‘ROFA is an alliance of Disabled People and their organisations ’s (DPOs) in England who have joined together to defend disabled people’s rights and campaign for an inclusive society. ROFA fights for equality for disabled people in England and works with sister organisations across the UK in the tradition of the international disability movement. We base our work on the social model of disability, human and civil rights in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)’.


‘An independent voice for women with disabilities, of all backgrounds, ages and situations since 1984. We are a multi-racial self-help group. We offer information, support, advocacy and campaigning’

ALLFIE (The Alliance for Inclusive Education)

‘We campaign for the right of all Disabled pupils and students to be fully included in mainstream education, training and apprenticeships with all necessary supports’

WoW Voices

Platform where people affected by austerity and the social system submit anonymous stories about their experiences.

Mad Covid

‘MadCovid is a shared space for survivor / service user led projects and initiatives that started during the COVID19 pandemic. Here we tell you a bit about who we are… If you have a project that could be hosted at please get in touch!’

Universal Credit Claimants Union

‘The Universal Credit Claimants’ Union exists to improve the lives of claimants, to fight for the complete reform or abolition of Universal Credit, and to publicise claimants’ experiences of an aggressive, punitive system that constitutes an assault on the living standards of ordinary people. We believe we are all more valuable than merely a supply of labour for an economy, and that to be disadvantaged in an unjust system should never be described as failure or as a justification for disrespect and degradation. Our organisation is based on Local Groups and Regional Assemblies coordinated by local, area and national delegates. We are controlled horizontally and democratically by our membership. There are no membership fees. Funds are the product of donations. Our funds are shared equally among our local groups’.

Leeds Centre for Integrated Living

‘Leeds Centre for Integrated Living (Leeds CIL) is a Disabled Peoples User Led Organisation (DPULO) that believes disabled and older people and families with disabled children have the right to an independent life’ 

Disability Sheffield

‘We are a membership and user led organisation, run and controlled by disabled people. We promote independent living for disabled people in Sheffield’

Whitby DAG

‘Whitby DAG is a user-led organisation, led by a Board of Trustees, a majority of whom are disabled people or carers. Whitby DAG seeks to enable disabled people to live as independently as possible making informed choices through access to services and information. We are here to keep you informed about local services, events, welfare benefits etc’

People First

‘People First (Self Advocacy) is a national self-advocacy organisation run by and for people with learning difficulties. Our Management Committee members are people with learning difficulties from different parts of the country and they have support to do their work. Our members are people with learning difficulties, self-advocacy groups, partner organisations, and friends and supporters of the organisation’

Cheshire Centre For Independent Living

‘An organisation run by disabled people, for disabled people. Our vision is an equal and inclusive society, and we aim to help achieve this by providing  a range of services to help you to live independently in the community, live inclusive family lives and promote your wellbeing. We are passionate about empowering disabled people to have independence, choice and control over their lives, and want to use our members and service users views to influence local, regional and national government about the changes we want to see for disabled people’

Centre for Independent Living NI

‘Centre for Independent Living NI, which was set up in 2001 as Centre for Independent Living- Belfast, is an organisation run by disabled people for disabled people. We work to promote the principles of independent living and, in particular, to provide a range of services for people using or considering using Direct Payments and/or Self-Directed Support’

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