Disability Rights UK E-Newsletter 8 April 2019

Disability Rights UK news


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DR UK ambassador appointed to the NHS Assembly: Disability Rights UK wants to congratulate one of our ambassadors, Clenton Farquharson MBE, who has been appointed to the NHS Assembly. Read more

DR UK says Staffordshire County Council action on DoLS disgusting: The council’s decision to stop the majority of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) assessments left 3,000 without legal protection. DR UK deputy CEO Sue Bott said “I am disgusted by the action of Staffordshire County Council. The claim by the deputy leader of the Council, Alan White, that it doesn’t matter because ‘no one has suffered an injustice, no one’s health or life has been put at risk’ demonstrates how little the Council cares if citizens in its area are deprived of their liberty…read more


Members, projects and partners



Can Co-Production help in getting disabled people active? As a lead up to Co-production Week, Leanne Wightman, coordinator of Get Yourself Active blogs about getting disabled people to lead healthier lifestyles. Read Leanne’s Blog

Tell us about your care: The Care Quality Commission (CQC) are asking disabled people, those living with a long-term health condition, and their families to share their experiences through the Tell Us About Your Care survey. You can also call us to complete the survey on your behalf – 0330 995 0400 (afternoons are quietest), choose Option 1 and quote; ‘CQC’ when your call is answered.

Your Right to Participate: We have set up a Right to Participate website, which has videos, animations, information and resources to help you find out more about the Equality Act and how to fight discrimination. Find out more

DR UK is now recruiting for the 2019/20 cohort of its flagship Leadership Academy Programme (LAP): 80% of our delegates have gone on to achieve new promotion opportunities, joined committees or disability networks and seen an increase in their confidence, motivation and self-belief. Find out more

The EnAble Fund for Elected Office: Thisis intended to cover the additional financial costs associated with a disability, that would otherwise prevent someone from seeking elected office. The Fund is administered by Disability Rights UK.For more information, go to www.disabilityrightsuk.org/enablefund

Invitation to Skills for Care and CHANGE women’s group: Skills for Care and CHANGE would like to invite you to join this workshop for women with learning disabilities to talk about our mental health and our feelings.The workshop will be on the 11th of April 2019, from 10.30 am to 15.30pm at The Crowne Plaza hotel on Wellington Street in Leeds. Find out more or book a place


DR UK Fundraising, products and training courses



Our new handbook is available for pre-order! Everything you need to know about benefits and social care. First come, first served. Pre-order now

We have four runners in this year’s London Marathon: By supporting them you will be supporting the work of Disability Rights UK. Find out more

Sales volunteer wanted: We are looking for a volunteer to join our sales team and learn the various aspects of a busy sales department. Find out more

Factsheets, Guides and Information: For information on welfare rights, education issues and social care see our factsheets/guides here

DR UK Training:

  • Free DR UK webinar on UK web accessibility regulations – This is aimed at those in HE and the public sector. The date and time will be 1pm, Weds 1 May 2019. New websites must conform to these regulations by 23 June 2021 and existing websites by 23 September 2020.
  • Benefits Overview Courses – DR UK runs Benefits Overview Courses aimed at professionals who work in advice or advocacy who need to know more about – or need a refresher on – changes to welfare benefits and social security. Our next courses are on 17th April and 12th June 2019.


Other news



Tilly gets 3d printed Alita battle arms: Open Bionics have worked with 20th Century Fox and the Alita team to build bespoke 3d printed Hero Arms for Tilly, inspired by Alita: Battle Angel – a futuristic action film where cyborgs are given bionic limbs. Tilly lost both her hands from meningitis B when she was 15 months old. DR UK’s In the Making project sought to involve disabled people in developing commercial, social and creative benefits from new digital fabrication technology. Find out more about this story

Health and Care Professions Council vacancies: The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is a regulator of health and care professionals whose aim is to protect the public. To do this, they keep a register of health, psychological and social work professionals who meet their standards for training, professional skills, behaviour and health. They are seeking to appoint three registrant members of the Council. The closing date for applications is 9am on Monday 20 May 2019 and interviews will be held on Wednesday 19 – Friday 21 June 2019. To find out more see the attachment with this e-news.

New Personal Independence Payment Case Law Pack: This publication will be one of the most comprehensive text books on the Personal Independence Payment regulations and case law. Order your advance copy

UNITE Magazine ceases publication: After 14 issues the disability rights magazine UNITE has ceased publication, effective immediately. Find out more

DWP launches universal credit help-to-claim service: The service will be delivered by Citizens Advice and Citizens Advice Scotland. Find out more

No disabilities minister till after Brexit debates: Conservative Deputy Chair James Cleverly MP told Radio 5′s Emma Barnett that – because of the ongoing Brexit debates – the vacant Disabilities Minister post won’t be filled at the moment.

Sharing Solutions Conference: 21 May 2019, Allen & Overy LLP, London. This collaborative event, aimed at people working in the access to justice sector, will provide space and time to share work, experiences, problems and learning points on some of the key issues facing the sector. The conference will create a dialogue between professionals and explore the potential to develop solutions and further collaboration. Read more





Getting to DR UK at Plexel: Free shuttle buses run from Stratford underground, train and bus stations from 7am to 10.30pm.

Free shuttle buses run from Stratford underground, train and bus stations from 7am to 10.30pm. There are two pickup points for the shuttle bus:

  • Bus stop E outside Stratford International Station
  • Bus stop X outside Stratford City Station/Westfield

Shuttles run every 5-10 minutes.

For more information see our Contact us page


Disability Rights UK

Plexal 14 East Bay Lane Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Stratford, LondonE20 3BS United Kingdom

0330 995 0400


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