Before and since the Strengthening DPULOs Programme was launched, I’ve been working in my role as National Lead with colleagues from the Office for Disability Issues and beyond to get all of the key ingredients together.
Over the last two weeks, I’ve been travelling up and down the country to meet with each of the programme’s Ambassadors: key people around the country who will be the key hubs/nodes in joining people, ideas, resources and solutions together. They are the vital ingredients to making sure the programme will be the success we’re aiming for.
Having now met all 12 Ambassadors I’ve travelled to places including Southampton, Bristol, Telford, Hull, Newcastle, Manchester, Cumbria, Cheshire and Chelmsford. My familiarity with our public transport system is well attuned.
Pen profiles of each of the Ambassadors are available on the ODI website. But while I’ve been meeting them, I’ve also taken the chance to record a few Audioboos with my new colleagues, to get a bit more of a personal sense of each of them.
These are each linked to below. If you’re interested in Disabled People’s User Led Organisations and would like to hear a little bit from some of the Ambassadors involved in the programme, feel free to listen.
- Berni Vincent, Southampton
- Tom Hendrie, Cumbria
- Tina Jones, Telford
- Mark Baggeley, Hull
- Oliver Wood, Newcastle
- Tess McManus, London
- Barry Ginley, London
- Rachael Wallach, London
(Accessibility note: transcripts to follow. Written profiles reflecting each of the Ambassadors are here. Personal note: this is a personal post, not official!)
For more information about the Strengthening DPULOs Programme, please visit the Office for Disability Issues website.