Strengthening DPULO Programme monthly update, no.5 (June 2012)

This is the fifth monthly update about the Strengthening DPULOs Programme, which aims to ensure DPULOs can provide a strong voice for disabled people by being more sustainable. You can find the fourth update here.

Coming soon: some exciting news…

We will be sharing some exciting news about the Strengthening DPULOs Programme in the next couple of weeks. We will let you know the news through a special edition of this monthly email bulletin, meaning you’ll be the first to know the news.

In the meantime, we’re delighted that the programme has passed through two significant milestones recently: we’ve awarded more than £500,000 through the Facilitation Fund, and more than 50 organisations have been supported.

We still have funding available and are keen that as many DPULOs as possible benefit from it. To find out more, visit the Strengthening DPULOs Programme website.

A £300,000 grant: good DPULO news in Hampshire

It is a difficult time for DPULOs and the voluntary sector as a whole. However, there are lots of examples of DPULOs delivering brilliant work and recording some excellent successes.

Southampton CIL is one such example. They have recently secured a significant £300,000 grant over 3 years from Hampshire County Council. This is to develop SCIL as a lead DPULO in Hampshire, building on its long history of partnership working in Hampshire.

Ian Loynes, the CEO of Southampton CIL, has written more about this work, as well as shared some details of some great looking jobs associated with this news. You can read this here.

If you have some good news you’d like to share about your DPULO, we’d love you to get in touch – you can email on

DPULOs continue to lead the way on disability hate crime

Ideal for All – a DPULO based in the West Midlands – has secured £25,000 to develop an app to make it easier for people to report hate crimes. Funded by Geovation, the Shout Crime app will be developed over the coming months.

A police officer from West Midlands police discusses the Shout Crime app here.

We’ll be featuring further news about Shout Crime and Ideal for All’s work in this newsletter, and are delighted that DPULOs continue to lead the way in addressing disability hate crime.

Useful resources

One key part of the Strengthening DPULOs Programme is to share learning and useful resources. Some useful links to recent information we’ve published are below:

If you have any learning or resources you’d like to share or have any resources you’d particularly like, please let us know (contact details are at the bottom of this update).

Find out more about the Programme

To find out more about the Strengthening DPULOs Programme, you can visit our website.

We have now “liked” every DPULO we know about on Facebook and will regularly share news from them around the country. If you are on Facebook you can keep in touch with the programme through our regularly updated Facebook page.

If you are on Twitter, you can share information and find out more about DPULOs using the hashtag #dpulo. Every Tuesday night, between 8-9pm, we have a dedicated Twitter discussion – feel free to join us! The next chat – to be held on Tuesday 3 July – will hopefully be very useful: “Tips for successful bids to the £3m Facilitation Fund”

You can read the key tweets from previous Twitter discussions here.

As always, we’d be grateful if you can spread the word and publicise this news throughout your networks / newsletters / websites etc. We’d also be grateful for any feedback you have on this regular email.

Contact us

For information, biographies, contact details and details of the areas covered by each of the DPULO Ambassadors covers, please visit the Ambassadors page.

Mike Adams, one of the programme’s Ambassadors, has written about his experience of working with a developing DPULO in Redbridge here.

If you have any questions about the Facilitation Fund or any part Strengthening DPULOs Programme, please contact

Please feel free to forward this information on to any DPULOs, networks or stakeholders you think might find it interesting. If you didn’t receive the original email, please share your contact details with us so you can receive our monthly emails.


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