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The Disability Resilience Network is designed to lift all disabled people beyond the vital debates on equality, diversity and inclusion to the raging issues of society through disruption, innovation and resilience.

The goal of the network for disabled people is the inclusive economy.


It is about disability but it is even more about adaptation and coping in response to loss.


In this approach everyone has something to offer and something to gain.


It is a network because you don't have to be anywhere other than where you already are.


To act in the interests of disabled people you can simply join the network. 

Philip J Connolly - DRN Founder

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From volunteering, skills sharing, donating funds and offering services this membership allows the network to grow and support each other in this new community. 

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Artist residency

Poet and Creative in Residence.

'J' Ahmed 

"Licensed to rhyme 

For the good of mankind".


'J' is a talented poet, artist, rapper, innovator and friend from Salford. 'J' writes on all matters which are concerned with the human condition, often writing poems on race and equality related issues and those issues rarely broached in and around mental health.


"I've always believed I have a responsibility as a poet to use my art to ardently promote positive change in the world. But, my work now goes deeper than that - I believe the art form of poetry to have dynamic and as yet unexplored healing properties. I try, therefore, to actively promote the practice of writing poetry almost as much as I continue to avidly write and explore, alongside others,  this valuable process... Poetry is change - poetry is growth - poetry is healing "



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POEM BY 'J'.Ahmed

It is the very longest road

This road we tread for change.

And, this road 

Is one which throws us

Curve balls -

Please maintain;

The strength which you

Will surely need

To move us to a plane

Where people are more equal,

Treated more the same.


This test of our resilience

Called life,

Well it began

Way way back in history

From the genesis of man -

The struggle for amoeba

To rise up from the seas

To claim the lands of all the world

To become who we now be.

Evolved to this society

With each our part to play,

We represent the struggle

And we struggle every day.

It is from birth

That we progress 

To surely find a way -

Falling before walking

Then striding through our days.


And this Is our resilience,

This unseen golden gift.

The quality 

Which helps us rise

And gives our friends a lift.

It is the strength that holds us

Firmly to our course

And keeps us striving onward

A potent Natural force.

Coupled with the ability

To truly self reflect,

We understand the value

Of changes we affect.

We are a force for reckoning,

We are a force for change,

We are the unified

Who cannot see things

Stay the same.

This universe is ours.

We are the stars that shine.

The cosmic laws of governance

Have helped us to refine.

See just like all known energy

We are set to change

From one form 

To another

If we only use our brains.


And remember,

What we leave behind

Pays testament to us.

Our loving living memories

Live on when we are dust.

We are each original,

Some lead and some will follow -

Always so creative 

In our quest for new tomorrows.


The path for the disabled

Requires resilient minds,

Our burden is our gift

And we must always 

Strive to find;

Ways of adaptation,

Ways to help us be

Enabled to be able

For this will set us free.


Please join us on our journey

Whomever you may be.

Please dont be defined

By your disability.

We tread this path

In our own shoes

And never tread the same

But wherever we are coming from

We tread this path for change...