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A chance to have your say on life-changing products of the future

The Hive is a network of people which includes those living with a disability,  carers or health and care professionals, all of whom are willing to be available to share their ideas and views on our ongoing and new design and development projects.

Who can join?

We welcome anyone who is interested in sharing their experiences of living with a disability, being older, or of being a carer.

The network is also open to individual healthcare professionals willing to share their knowledge and expertise.

You do not need to have any technical or design skills to play a valuable part in our work.

How does it work?

We will contact you about any opportunities to participate in our projects.

The types of activities you could be invited to are

  • Questionnaires
  • Focus groups
  • Technology or product prototype trials
  • Research projects
  • Supporting educational activities
  • Interviews

These activities may be in person (usually but not exclusively in the Bath/Bristol area) or could be by phone, post or online.

You can decide when you are contacted whether you want to join in or not.

How often will I be contacted?

We may only contact you a few times a year or less, depending on the new design and development projects that arise.

How will my personal information be used?

Your privacy is important to us. Read our Privacy Notice here .

We will only use your contact information to contact you for the above projects and purposes and will not share your details with any other parties without your prior consent.

So you can decide whether you wish to participate in a specific project, we will tell you exactly how any information collected will be used.

If at any time you decide you no longer wish to be part of The Hive, just let us know on thehive@designability.com and we’ll update our records.

We will contact all members at least every two years to confirm you still wish to remain a member and to confirm your contact details remain the same.