Being CLP Disability Officer

CLP Disability Officer 

The Disability Officer is the key representative of disabled members within the CLP,  

and works to ensure that disabled members are fully involved in the work of the local 

party, as well as taking a leading role in making sure that the campaigning work of the 

constituency reaches out and engages with disabled voters. 

 

You should be friendly and approachable, organised, able to run events and above all  

be prepared to work hard to ensure that disabled members have a strong voice within 

the local party.  

 

 

Key tasks and responsibilities  

     •   Making sure that disabled members are included in all of the party’s activities 

         and that meetings are relevant and accessible to disabled members. 

     •   Welcoming new disabled members to your CLP; encourage your CLP to issue an 

         equalities monitoring form so disabled members can self-identify. 

     •   Reaching out to disabled people through local campaigns, and working with 

         disability organisations in the constituency to engage voters, highlight issues, 

         and get a better deal for disabled people. 

     •   Bringing disabled members together to empower each other and ensure all 

         members are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need get involved. 

     •   Running events for disabled members, including training, policy development 

         and social events. 

     •   Working to recruit more disabled members into the Labour party and helping 

         to make sure that those members make the jump from member to activist to 

         leader.  

     •   Listening to disabled people’s views and ensuring that they are reflected in 

         Labour’s policy making. 

     •   Working closely with constituency and branch officers to ensure the concerns 

         of the disabled community are reflected and included in policy debates. 

     •   Acting as a CLP link to Disability Labour, the party’s national affiliate 

         representing disabled party members and promoting participation in their 

         national events within your CLP (their contact details can be found below). 

 

 

Activity  

This role is varied and exciting, and you can make a real difference to your local party 

through this position. You can choose how to focus your role and what to make your 

priority depending on what sort of activities that local members want to see.  

 

At the heart of all your activity should be the aims of building an inclusive party for 

disabled members and building campaigns with the disabled community in mind,

both in respect of internal Labour Party activity, and outward looking campaign 

activity. 

 

You will work closely with your CLP Secretary and Chair, as well as branch officers, 

making sure party meetings are accessible and relevant to disabled members, 

advising on things such as accessible venues and printed materials, and that disabled 

members are encouraged to stand for the CLP executive and other positions.  With 

other CLP Officers, you should work to ensure the concerns of disabled people are 

reflected and included in policy debates, particularly through organising local policy 

forums or events.

 

The  other  part  of  your  role  involves  looking  outside  of  the  party  to  your  local 

community,  and  exploring  how  your  CLP  can  engage  people  with  disabilities,  and 

those affected by disability in your local community.  

 

You could get in touch with your local trade union  branches and set up a meeting to 

discuss how you can work together with disability trade unionists groups.  

 

Think about making contact with local branches of disability organisations.  You could 

set up consultation meetings, exchange speakers and run a joint campaign in the local 

community.  Campaigns relevant to disabled people in the local area and you should 

identify  key stakeholders who can get involved, such as local  disability charities and 

voluntary organisations. 

 

Meetings  

As Disability Officer, it is your role to ensure disabled members are able to get fully 

involved and that their views and concerns are reflected and listened to.  Local 

meetings are a fantastic opportunity to increase participation by disabled members in 

the CLP.  At each CLP meeting, you should: 

 

     •    Actively encourage  disabled members to get involved in meetings  and 

          contribute to discussions. 

     •    Ensure  feedback  regarding  access  and  inclusion  from  disabled  members  is 

          passed onto the CLP executive.  

     •    Report back on your activity, campaigns and community work and highlight any  

          forthcoming events or campaigning.

     •    Introduce yourself to any members with a disability attending a meeting for the 

          first time. 

 

 

Useful Links and Information 

 

     •   If you have any questions about the role of CLP Disabilities Coordinator get in 

         touch with the National Women and Equalities Officer on 

         equalities@labour.org.uk. 

     •   Disability Labour are the national affiliate group to the Labour Party that exists 

         to represent and support the interests of disabled Labour Party members and 

         supporters. (www.disabilitylabour.org.uk ; disabilitylabour@gmail.com). 

     •   Remember, you can always refer an issue to your Regional Office and get in 

         touch with them for advice and help.  You can find their contact details here> 

         labour.org.uk/pages/scottish-welsh-and-regional-offices. 

     •    You can contact the Legal and Governance Unit by emailing 

         legal_queries@labour.org.uk or visit 

         members.labour.org.uk/legal_and_compliance_downloads. 

     •   Our online training offer can be found at members.labour.org.uk/about-labour-

         training you can subscribe to our regular training emails by visiting 

         labour.org.uk/w/training-emails. 

     •   You’ll find lots of useful guides and resources on member engagement, as well 

         as membership forms and the full MemberCentre guide in the Membership & 

         Supporters area on Membersnet here> members.labour.org.uk/members--

         supporters. 

     •   Keep up to date with our latest campaigns by visiting

         members.labour.org.uk/campaign-resources.  

 

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