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How to get involved in decision making

‚ÄčThere are many ways to make sure your views and thoughts are taken into account and to get involved in decisions that are made about local and national subjects. 

Participation Team for children with disabilities

Achieving for Children have a participation team whose job it is to ensure that young people who have a disability are communicated and consulted with effectively. The Participation Team’s role is to make sure that children and young people who have disabilities have the opportunity to give their views about matters that affect them. Their views are taken seriously, respected and acted on.

Participation Team (opens a new window)

Youth Services 

Achieving for Children Youth Sevices offer opportunities to make your opinions heard on the issues that matter to you.

Opportunities include:

  • Richmond Youth Council
  • Youth Parliament
  • Youth Scrutiny Panel
  • Secondary Student Council.
  • Youth Elections
  • Youth Charter

Find out more on the Young People's section of this website.

Youth Services Participation (opens a new window)

Have your say on health matters locally and nationally (opens a new window)

Involve Kingston

Involve Kingston is a group of people who have learning disabilities who work for Kingston Council.

They speak up for people who have a learning disability and have meetings with friends once a month to find out how they are feeling and to talk about different things like online safety. These are called friends’ chats. To join a friends’ chat email:

People living in Kingston with a learning disability, aspergers and autism can contact Involve if they have had a problem or are not treated fairly, Involve can take their problem to one of the meetings they go to e.g. Transport, Hospital or Job centre.

Contact Details

Involve are based at Sessions House in Surbiton, but at the moment we are working from home.

Sessions House

17 Ewell Road


KT6 6AF 


Kingston Centre for Independent Living (KCIL) - Report an Access Issue

You can help KCIL make Kingston and the surrounding area a better and more inclusive place. If you have experienced an accessibility issue in and around Kingston let them know with the online form below (opens a new window). Alternatively, if you prefer to get in touch another way please call them on 020 8546 9603 or send a message at

An accessibility issue arises any time you are prevented from fully engaging with something due to your disability, whatever that may be. These can range from a lack of wheelchair accessible spaces, reading materials not being available in large-print or braille options, to staff not being trained on how to interact with those with mental or cognitive impairments.

National Opportunities

FLARE (Friendship, Learning, Achieve, Reach and Empower)

FLARE is a national young people's advisory group which is formed of twelve 13 to 25 year-olds with SEND from around the country, to advise, challenge and support the government about how the SEND reforms would affect disabled children and young people directly.

Meet the FLARE members (opens a new window)

FLARE members are passionate about ensuring disabled children and young people have an equal say in the policies and practices that affect them and their families. FLARE and other young people involved in regional groups within the programme play a key role in ensuring the voice and experiences of disabled children and young people are fully included in this work.

British Youth Council 

The British Youth Council empower young people aged 25 and under to influence and inform the decisions that affect their lives. They support young people to get involved in their communities and democracy locally, nationally and internationally, making a difference as volunteers, campaigners, decision-makers and leaders.

Find out more on the British Youth Council website (opens a new window)