Update on the Strengthening #dpulo Programme

The Strengthening Disabled People’s User-Led Organisation (DPULO) has just posted an update out to a wide range of DPULOs. Below is the text of the update. If you didn’t receive it and would like to in future, please let me know using the comments below or via Twitter – @rich_w.

I am emailing to share information with you about the Strengthening Disabled People’s User-Led Organisations (DPULOs) Programme, and to let you know how you can stay in touch with our work.

The Programme was launched by the Minister for Disabled People, Maria Miller MP, last year. The aim of the Strengthening DPULOs Programme is to provide a range of practical and financial support to DPULOs to become stronger and more sustainable.

You can read an overview of the Strengthening DPULOs Programme here.

Since launch, the Programme has provided financial support to a DPULO every week of the programme through the Facilitation Fund – over 25 organisations in less than 6 months. It has also provided a wide range of non-financial support to DPULOs, including evidence about the effectiveness of DPULOs and learning from DPULOs across the country.

You can read about the difference the Strengthening DPULOs Programme has made so far here.

Find out more about the Programme and keeping in touch

We will be starting a regular, monthly email to all DPULOs. This will help share learning and evidence from the programme, and share other useful sources of information. It will also create a networking opportunity for DPULOs and other interested stakeholders.

This regular email will start at the end of this month, and we’ll aim not to inundate you with information may receive from other sources.

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

You can also keep in touch with the programme through our regularly updated Facebook page. This includes information that may be useful to DPULOs, as well as information about the programme too. If you are on Facebook, you can find us there.

If you are on Twitter, you can share information and find out more about DPULOs using the hashtag #dpulo.

As always, we’d be grateful if you can spread the word and publicise this news throughout your networks / newsletters / websites etc.

Contact us

For information, biographies, contact details and details of the areas covered by each of the 12 DPULO Ambassadors covers, please visit the Ambassadors page.

If you have any questions about the Facilitation Fund or any part Strengthening DPULOs Programme, please contact odi.businessperformance@dwp.gsi.gov.uk.

Share this information

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.


Community Catalysts: a useful contact for #dpulo

Every once in a while, you come across a group of people who you just know are a great bunch. Through Twitter and work (and, yes, in that order!) I have come to know Community Catalysts, who firmly fall into the “great bunch” category.

Much more than this, though, is the work they do.

Rather than me try to describe it, they’ve kindly produced a brief document which talks about what they do.

Importantly, anyone who works in a Disabled People’s User-Led Organisation could see just how useful the work of Community Catalysts could be to them. As such, it’s well worth finding more out about what they do and get in touch!

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  • "These remarkable short films demonstrate how assistive technology can help individuals achieve their potential. The Oxford and Oldham ACE Centres have helped many people of all ages to use technology to enable access to education, work and leisure, and these films celebrate just a few of their stories. Each case study is less than five minutes long and focuses on one individual’s use of assistive technology and what this enables that person to achieve as independently as possible."
  • Nice work from the Department of Health: "We want you to tell us about your favourite health apps, and to hear your ideas for new apps that you would like to see. Submit your idea by clicking the ‘submit new idea’ button at the bottom of this page."

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