Mapping and analysing the #DPULO sector: what should we look for?

No current, detailed full analysis of the DPULO sector currently exists.

Initial information on the DPULO sector was developed through mapping work in 2007 done by the Department of Health and last updated in 2009 by the (then) National Centre for Independent Living. However, this mapping work focused on identifying what user-led organisations exist and in what area. It didn’t necessarily tell us much about DPULOs – their size, work, robustness etc.

The Strengthening DPULOs Programme has built on this mapping work over the last 15 months. It has a database of over 320 DPULOs, and includes the following data for around 2/3 of the DPULOs on that list:

  • DPULO name
  • DPULO postcode
  • Contact name
  • Impairment group(s) covered
  • Online presence (i.e. website, Facebook profile, Twitter account).

I’ve been thinking about what we might want in any full analysis of the DPULO sector. Below is the list so far.:

  • General information
    • DPULO name
    • DPULO postcode
    • Contact (CEO) first name
    • Contact (CEO) surname
    • Contact email address
  • Business information
    • Impairment groups covered – LD / LTHC / MH / PI / PSI
    • Number of FT staff = number
    • Number of PT staff = number
  • Financial information
    • Income and expenditure 2009/10 = number
    • Income and expenditure 2010/11 = number
    • Income and expenditure 2011/12 = number
    • For 2011/12
      • Total contract income
      • Total grants income
      • Total “other” income
  • Communications information
    • Number of members
    • Website address
    • Website = yes / no
    • Twitter account = yes / no
    • Facebook account = yes / no

Other useful suggestions for information to add include:

  • What assets each DPULO has
  • What membership / supporter numbers they have
  • What data they hold

If the analysis was going to be done, it should be as good as possible (notwithstanding all the usual problems with mapping, gapping and quality of data). I’d be really interested if people have any other things they think it would be useful to find out about. If there are, let me know in the comments below, or on Twitter using @rich_w.


Over £500k of Government Funding awarded to Disabled People’s User-Led Organisations #dpulo

This is a copy of a press notice released today, highlighting the work that Strengthening Disabled People’s User-Led Organisations Programme is doing and the difference it is making.

Disabled People’s Use- Led Organisations have benefited from £509,124 of extra Government money, Minister for Disabled People has announced today.

These Disabled People’s User-Led Organisations run by and for disabled people, often provide support and services alongside those provided by the public sector.  Drawing on their own first hand experience of disability, they have clear ideas about what works and what doesn’t.

More than half a million pounds has now been paid out by the fund since the Strengthening DPULOs Programme was launched in July 2011.

As well as offering financial support, the Strengthening DPULOs Programmes provides DPULOs with support and advice on how to strengthen and make their organisations more sustainable through its Ambassadors.

61 applications for funding have been received from DPULOs across England, 41 of which have been successful.

Examples of how the Strengthening DPULOs programme is making a difference to the lives of disabled people in the local community include:

  • A DPULO in Hillingdon is supporting disabled people in the local community by setting up a ‘one stop shop’ service. This will enabling disabled people who are being assessed for equipment by an Occupational Therapist to have their prescription redeemed a few doors down the corridor in the organisation’s office
  • A Sheffield DPULO is using funding to develop a range of services for disabled people to purchase using their personal budgets. This will enable local disabled people with specific impairments such as mental health conditions, or learning difficulties, as well as those in particular communities, including BME communities, to influence the type of support and personal care they receive. This will result in a service more tailored to individuals needs
  • A DPULO is developing apps for a Smartphone which will provide emergency remote help if a blind traveller is lost, or in difficulty, as well as providing a GPS and speech function to inform the traveller of their location. The app will explain where to get off public transport and when they arrive at their destination. This will support blind people Nationwide to travel safely outside their home.

 Minister for Disabled People, Maria Miller MP, said:

I am delighted the Strengthening DPULO programme is successfully promoting the growth and improving sustainability of Disabled People’s User-Led Organisations, as well as making practical real improvements to the lives of disabled people and their communities.

We have already awarded more than half a million pounds, but a large amount of the £3 million funding remains, so I would encourage more DPULOs to now apply.  In particular bids would be welcomed from the Midlands, and East of England.

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