This is the ninth 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 all 8 of the previous updates here.
There has been so much useful information published this month that this update is a bumper edition of useful links and resources. A special edition of the update – with some good news about the Strengthening DPULOs Programme and about our work with partners on Healthwatch – will follow very soon.
One key part of the Strengthening DPULOs Programme is to share learning and useful resources. Our bumper edition of useful links and resources is below:
- Big Lottery Fund has launched a new £65m funding stream for frontline advice services
- Healthwatch and DPULOs: a big opportunity
- On the same topic, a spreadsheet with information on all local Healthwatch contracts we know about (please feel free to update this)
- The Equality and Human Rights Commission has published its “Manifesto for Change” to tackle disability hate crime
- On a similar topic, some incredibly useful statistics on disability hate crime from True Vision
- 3 steps to Making It Real for DPULOs
- DPULOs are central in new guidance published by Skills for Care to support people when they employ their own Personal Assistants
- Doing Services Differently: a report from New Economics Foundation on innovation in services for disabled people, including the role of DPULOs
- Mapping and analysing the DPULO sector: what should we look for?
- A presentation on DPULOs at the social care NCASC conference, in partnership with Research in Practice for Adults
- All of Research in Practice for Adults resources on DPULOs in one place
- “About that first tweet”: a useful guide to people and organisations considering getting started in social media
- “Why Social Enterprise?” A useful guide for charities from Social Enterprise UK
- The Office for Disability Issues has published a guide for businesses on how to grow their customer base to include disabled people
- Myths and misconceptions about charity “lobbying” (from NCVO)
- 5 expert tips on how to create an effective campaign (from Third Sector)
- 78% of people think the media should do more to promote disabled people as positive role models in society
- Minister for Disabled People, Esther McVey MP, meeting with Paralympian gold medallist Sophie Christiansen at a DPULO celebration event hosted by Redbridge Centre for Independent and Inclusive Living:
- Opportunities are available for people to work with judges to ensure the right decisions are made in benefit appeals cases involving disability
- Funding Central is a free funding database that any DPULO can use to find out what funding is available
- The Government publishes every contract opportunity over £10,000 on Contracts Finder
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
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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.
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