Do you have a disability or a long-term health condition? If so, you can help shape our services for the future by sharing your insights with us and make a real difference for everyone in our communities. 

We’re working with the charity, Breakthrough UK, to get a deeper understanding of the needs of our tenants – and staff – who identify as disabled or have long-term health conditions.  

This initiative isn’t just another project – it’s a commitment to improving the lives of the people who live in our communities and work with us. 

The project includes the following steps: 

  • Asking people with a disability or long-term health condition – and family members who live with them – about their experiences of Southway through surveys, steering group meetings, and focus groups.
  • Finding out how Southway can improve its support for disabled people.
  • Working with disabled people to develop ideas on how we can make this better.
  • Writing a report for recommendations for improvement. 

Why your experience matters 

We value every member of our community, and that includes understanding the unique challenges and perspectives of those with disabilities or long-term health conditions. Your participation in this project will be critical to ensuring that our services and support are truly inclusive and effective. 

How you can help

We're running a series of focus groups with Breakthrough and you are invited to join them. These are a mixture of online and in person events. Dates for these are below. Please email with any accessibility requirements by the 1st of March. You can also email that address for further information.

***Please note the date of the in person session at Barlow Moor Community Centre has changed from Monday 11th March to Monday 18th March.***   

Dates of the sessions and how to book

  • Online Focus Group Session on Zoom, 6pm-7pm, Tuesday 12th March. To book a place please click here.
  • In person Focus Group Session, Burnage Community Centre, Wednesday 13th March, 347 Burnage Lane, M19 1EW. To book a place please click here.
  • In person Focus Group Session, Monday 18th March, 10am-11am, Barlow Moor Community Centre, 23 Merseybank Avenue, Manchester M21 7NT. To book a place please click here.

You can find more information about the sessions on the PDFs below, and in the images. If you open up on the PDFs each one has a link you can use to book places: