Recruiting new #dpulo Ambassadors

I’m pleased to say that we’re recruiting new Ambassadors to work on the Strengthening DPULOs Programme. Below is the text of the advert, which has been published in various newspapers and in various online locations. Also below are Slideshare versions of the guidance notes and application forms, though you can (and should) download the accessible versions from the ODI website here.

Of course, the only downside is you’ll have to work with me!

Disabled People’s User-Led Organisations (DPULOs) play a significant role in promoting the role and value of disabled people in their local community. The Strengthening DPULOs Programme was launched in July 2011 to provide a range of practical and financial support to DPULOs to support them to be strong and sustainable.

We now want to recruit additional Ambassadors to further extend the Strengthening DPULOs Programme.

What is the Ambassador role?

Ambassadors are well-respected people who, through their position, experience, expertise and work can promote the value of disabled people and Disabled People’s User-Led Organisations to a variety of stakeholders within their local area.

The Ambassador role can be described as one that: enthuses, energises, open doors, engages, challenges, promotes and builds relationships in the local community.

This translates to the following objectives:

  • To encourage partnership and closer working between DPULOs, voluntary sector organisations and Local Authorities
  • To work with local organisations to develop community-based activities for disabled people
  • To develop a range of projects and activities that build skills, provide volunteering opportunities and create learning and development
  • Strengthening the role of disabled people in the local community
  • To participate in the decision making associated with the programme.

This can be achieved in a variety of ways including, but not limited to:

  • Meetings with all relevant organisations including DPULOs, commissioners within Local Authorities and other public sector organisations, voluntary sector organisations, employers etc.
  • Establishing links and partnerships between local organisations
  • Capturing and sharing good learning and examples
  • Making full use of all forms of communication to promote the work and value of DPULOs
  • Working with organisations to develop projects that meet the needs of local disabled people.

Overall, this role is one that isn’t limited but enables Ambassadors to be free to use experience and expertise.

Other details

Ambassadors are independent of Government and work with and report directly to the National Lead.

We anticipate that the additional Ambassadors will be located in areas not already covered by the current Ambassadors, particularly Wales, Scotland and northern England. They will also have a focus on developing a range of project and activities that build skills, enable volunteering and create training opportunities.

You can download an information pack and application form from the programme’s website: or request one by emailing or calling 0207 449 5025.

  • Length of the appointment: The appointment will be for a period of 18 months
  • Remuneration: Approximately 2 – 3 days per month at £200 per day (up to £7,200 per annum). We will also pay some reasonable expenses
  • Ambassadors will be appointments and not employees and will be responsible for payment of their own income tax and national insurance contributions
  • DWP is committed to providing services, which embrace diversity and promote equality of opportunity in our working practices with all of our customers, colleagues and partners.

The closing date for applications is 10am on Friday 8 June 2012.


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