Disability Rights UK E-Newsletter 20 May 2019


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It’s now officially spring! We hope you’ve had a good week and that our e-newsletter finds you well.


Our Training Courses


  • Disability Confidence Training for Managers – there is still space on our next course which will take place on 21st June in central London. This is aimed at professionals looking to increase their knowledge and understanding of supporting disabled staff members.
  • Benefits Overview Training – we now have a date set for our next Benefits Overview Training; it will run on 25th September in central London. The course is aimed at professionals looking to increase or update their knowledge of the benefits system – it is not for individual claimants.
  • Free training workshops for careers advisors - We are running free training workshops for school careers advisers and coordinators, school careers leaders and careers coaches interested in developing their professional understanding of disability and enhancing their skills to support disabled learners with their career choices. This training will also be of value to anyone working with disabled people in a careers, enterprise or employability context.

By the end of the workshop you will have:

- Improved your confidence communicating effectively with disabled young people

- Increased your understanding of disability and equality

- Gained greater understanding of options and support available for disabled young people

- Increased your knowledge of relevant resources

- Improved your confidence planning careers outcomes with disabled young people

Our next two courses will be on 17th July in Southampton and 19th September in Norwich.



Our new handbook has now been printed and is available to purchase! Everything you need to know about benefits and social care. First come, first served. Get yours now!

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



Fundraising swim for DR UK: We are extremely grateful to Luke Stevens, the son of our chair Martin, who is swimming 10k (the swimmers equivalent of a marathon!) on 9th June to raise money for DR UK and the MS International Federation. Please do sponsor Luke for undertaking this amazing feat. We wish him luck (not that he’ll need it!).



Run the London Marathon 2020 for DR UK! Looking for a new challenge? Want to fundriase for DR UK? Help us continue the crucial work that we do by running the London Marathon for us! For more information please contact anna.fahy@disabilityrightsuk.org


Members, projects and partners


Get Yourself Active webinar - our learning so far: Learn more about Get Yourself Active’s research and evaluation from our project partners by signing up to a short webinar on Wednesday 5th June, 2pm-3pm.

Find out more and register here.

The EnABle Fund for Elected Office – 19 applicants to the Fund elected into local government office: The EnAble Fund for Elected Office – administered by Disability Rights UK – is intended to cover the additional financial costs associated with being disabled that would otherwise prevent someone from seeking elected office. Local government elections took place on Thursday 2nd May in Metropolitan Districts, Shire Districts and Unitary Authorities. Disabled people standing for election in any of these tiers of local government in England, were eligible to apply to the Fund to meet the costs of reasonable adjustments for their campaign. We are delighted to announce that 19 applicants, representing the political spectrum and various local councils across England, were successfully elected. Feedback from many of the applicants, including some that were not elected, is that the Fund – which is provided by the Government Equalities Office – enabled them to participate on a level playing field.

The Fund is intended to cover reasonable adjustments for disabled candidates in the Police and Crime Commissioner Elections in 2020. Click here for more information.

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.

CQC want to know how to work better with you locally: The Care Quality Commission (CQC) want to find out your views on how they can work with you and how you work with your local communities. Fill out this questionnaire to shape new guidance. You can also email the questionnaire or post it to return it back to them. Download a copy now or take the questionnaire online. The survey closes 31 May 2019.

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



Vacancies and opportunities


Scope are recruiting for a Volunteering Development Coordinator: Scope are recruiting for a Volunteering Development Coordinator based at their office in Stratford, London. The role is a full time, 6 month contract and will involve supporting and managing multiple projects, delivering and improving Scope’s volunteer award schemes, supporting development of training and resources for volunteers and responding to enquiries from potential volunteers.

Scope offers guarenteed interviews for people who identify as disabled and meet the minimum requirements of the role, and is open to adapting the role to a variety of life circumstances. Please click here to find out more and to apply.

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


Get Involved!


Consultation on Changing Places Toilets: The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government are consulting on their plans to increase the provision of changing places toilets.  Please find the details here. Responses must be submitted by 21st July.

Join the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) at their fourth annual Co-production Festival: This is a unique CPD- accredited learning event for National Co-production Week 2019. The theme this year is Sharing Power. How can power be shared more equally between professionals and people who use services and carers? They’ll be exploring this and celebrating the benefits of co-production while sharing good practice through insightful seminars, lively plenary discussions and award-winning performers; all highlighting the contribution of people who use services and carers in developing better services.

Speakers and live performers include: Lemn Sissay, award-winning poet, broadcaster, artist and care leaver and Kate Terroni, Chief Inspector for social care at the Care Quality Commission

Mastermind are casting for contestants: BBC’s Mastermind is looking for contestants for its next series. Applications are open to all UK residents over 18 and the casting agents are committed to ensuring contestants are as diverse as possible. Please see the flyer attached for more information and email breandam.hth@hattrick.com for an application form. The deadline for applications is Friday 31st May so get applying!

Skills for Care are looking for comments on their draft paper: Skills for Care have written a report on Personal Assistants supporting their employers in hospital and are looking for comments. Please find the report attached. Comments should be sent to paframework@skillsforcare.org.uk by 31st May.

Inclusive Boards want to hear from you: Inclusive Boards are looking to produce a toolkit with the aim of increasing the number of disabled people holding positions at board and senior leadership level. The toolkit will launch in the House of Commons later this year. In order to make the toolkit as impactful as possible, Inclusive Boards want to hear from you, be it your personal experiences or any other insights you can offer. To contribute, please contact Samual Carey at sam.c@inclusiveboards.co.uk by Friday 26 May.





New transport solutions must make accessibility a top priority, government says: The government’s Mobility Minister, Jesse Norman, has said that ‘new transport solutions and technology should be geared strongly towards making life easier for people with mobility issues’. The Minister added that “self-driving technologies could greatly improve the mobility of vulnerable user groups’. Stephen Brooks, Disability Rights UK Ambassador, stressed the need for disabled people to be involved at all stages of design and implementation of new transport solutions, stating that ‘it is a sad reflection that accessibility to public transport and in particular on rail is far too inconsistent’. Read more.

Blue Badge eligibility criteria changes come into effect in August: After a consultation in 2018, the government confirmed that it will be extending the Blue Badge eligibility criteria to include people with non-visible impairments including dementia and autism. The date the legislation will come into effect has now been announced as 30th August 2019. Read more

Disabled people rarely used as foster carers despite a nationwide shortage: Disabled people are often in a great position to foster, but Jon Powton recalls being told he was ‘too disabled’ to do so. Read more

Liverpool JobCentre Plus (JCP) staff refuse to take part in Universal Credit Publicity Campaign: A leaked memo revealed that the DWP are planning a documentary series and advertising campaign in order to ‘bust myths’ around Universal Credit; however, this has already run into issues with JCP staff refusing to take part. Read more

New Public Buildings to be fitted with Changing Places toilets: The government has launched a consultation ahead of proposals to ensure all new or majorly refurbished public buildings be fitted with Changing Places toilets. The government proposal should introduce approximately 150 new faciltiies a year. Stephen Brooks, a Disability Rights UK Ambassador commented: “I’m pleased to see an increasing awareness of the importance of creating changing place facilities in public buildings and in particular across all aspects of transport. 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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