A busy week for the #dpulo programme

It’s been a busy week for the #dpulo programme. This story tries to capture just a few of the things that went on.

The Strengthening Disabled People’s User-Led Organisation Programme (which you can read more about here) aims to (1) Ensure that DPULOs are able to provide a strong voice for disabled people, and (2) Create stronger DPULOs that will be able to sustain themselves in the future and provide more services to disabled people.

The programme has many 4 main components, as described in the post below.

An overview of the Strengthening DPULOs Programme

Over the last few weeks, I’ve posted a lot about "DPULOs". This is because I’ve taken up a new role on a programme to strengthen and build the sustainability of disabled people’s user-led organisations (DPULOs). Last week, I was fortunate enough to be invited to speak about the programme to Equality 2025 and at the legacy and learning event of Disability LIB.
On Monday this week, we held the first meeting of the Facilitation Fund Board. This is the group that makes decisions on which applications to award funding to.
A key day for #dpulo programme today: the first meeting of Ambassadors to decide on Facilitation Fund bids received. Looking forward to it.
rich_w
September 12, 2011
Sitting with 7 of the #dpulo Ambassadors ahead of our meeting to make first round of decisions on awarding the Facilitation Fund.
rich_w
September 12, 2011
Really looking forward to the meeting and the discussions and debates we’ll be having. #dpulo
rich_w
September 12, 2011
Facilitation Fund Board, meeting 1
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Facilitation Fund Board, meeting 1
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Having a really good meeting with Ambassadors for the #dpulo programme. Lots of good debates about the Facilitation Fund!
rich_w
September 12, 2011
Facilitation Fund Board, meeting 1
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Really good meeting with the #dpulo Ambassadors today on the Facilitation Fund. We’re supporting some great work. Vids & details to follow.
rich_w
September 12, 2011

We’ll have news soon on which organisations were successful and for what work in the next few weeks. I will, of course, share the information here and elsewhere. In the meantime, two of our Ambassadors – Lynne and Mark – shared their views about the first meeting on video.

On Tuesday, Leicester CIL kindly invited me to talk at their AGM about disability hate crime. I think this is a key area that DPULOs are already and continue to make a difference, as I highlighted in my speech.
Here to talk about disability hate crime at LCIL’s AGM. (@ LCIL) http://4sq.com/pifEvu
rich_w
September 13, 2011
Great debate on hate crime at Leicester CIL’s AGM. I’ll post my talk later.
rich_w
September 13, 2011
Speech to Leicester CIL about disability hate crime

Leicester Centre for Integrated Living – a disabled people’s user-led organisation deservedly with one of the longest and best reputations – kindly invited me yesterday to give a speech to their Annual General Meeting on the topic of disability hate crime.
There was a considerable amount of debate amongst LCIL’s members about disability hate crime. It was good also to see Leicestershire police there to contribute to the debate.
Disability hate crime discussion, LCIL AGM 2011
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Disability hate crime discussion, LCIL AGM 2011
Photo by rich_w on flickr
Disability hate crime discussion, LCIL AGM 2011
Photo by rich_w on flickr
Disability hate crime discussion, LCIL AGM 2011
Photo by rich_w on flickr
On Wednesday, I met with Bristol and South Gloucestershire People First – an organisation run by and for people with learning difficulties. This was an incredibly impressive organisation, whose partnership with City of Bristol College for people with learning difficulties in retail employment was a great example to hear about.
Off to Bristol & South Gloucs People First – looking forward to hearing about their work w people with learning disabilities and employment.
rich_w
September 14, 2011
You can find out about Bristol & South Gloucs People First here: http://www.bsgpf.org.uk/ #dpulo
rich_w
September 14, 2011
Arrived at Bristol & South Gloucester People First. Love their leaflets! http://twitpic.com/6ktfv5 http://twitpic.com/6ktgcu
Photo by rich_w on twitter
Finally, today I visited West of England Centre for Inclusive Living’s AGM, again to talke about Disabled People’s User-Led Organisations.
Visiting WECIL for their Annual General Meeting, 2011
Photo by rich_w on flickr
Here foe West of England Centre for Independent Living’s AGM, talking about disabled people’s user-led orgs. #dpulo http://4sq.com/ogrSfO
rich_w
September 15, 2011
Direct Payments Support Services at WECIL
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Peer support at WECIL
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I particularly wanted to talk about how and why DPULOs can and do make a difference, which I hope I captured in the following blogpost:
Where DPULOs make a difference

The West of England Centre for Inclusive Living (WECIL) asked me to talk about Disabled People’s User-Led Organisations at their Annual General Meeting today, which was a pleasure and a delight.
All in all, it’s been an excellent week for the programme: I’m delighted with the progress we’re making. There’s always more to do, though, so please keep following #dpulo and @rich_w on Twitter, and contribute your thoughts on DPULOs.

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Man of letters & numbers; also occasionally of action. Husband to NTW. Dad of three. Friendly geek.

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