Disability Rights UK E-Newsletter 10 June 2019

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Read on to find out what’s happening here at DR UK, what you can get involved in, and the top stories affecting disabled people this week.


Training and Consultancy


Reviewing your organisation’s factsheets – As part of its training and consultancy service, DR UK can check and update your organisation’s factsheets and benefits guides. We already do this for a number of health charities. To discuss your needs please contact anna.fahy@disbailityrightsuk.org

  • 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


Members, projects and partners



Get Yourself Active: Sign up to Get Yourself Active’s newsletter for updates on the project. Subscribe here.

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





Only 7% of England’s housing is ‘visitable’ for a disabled person: Only 7% of England’s housing has the most basic accessibility provision to make it even ‘visitable’ for a disabled person, according to the offical criteria. Read more

Universal Credit Advance Payments are pushing people to use food banks: A new joint report from StepChange Debt Charity and the Trussell Trust shows that Advance Payments – the loans people can apply for while they wait at least five weeks for Universal Credit – push people into hardship when they’re unable to make the repayments. Read more

Austerity forcing disabled women into sex work: Disabled women are being forced into sex work due to benefits cuts and sanctions. A Guardian article tells the story of Alice, a woman who has had to drop out of her graduate degree due to mental ill health, but who is unable to claim to benefits. Read more

9 out of 10 parents of disabled children say that they don’t get the support they need: According to a survey by the Disabled Children’s Partnership (DCP), 90% of parents of disabled children feel that they don’t get the support they need to adequately care for their child. Moreover, over 50% of parents have had to give up paid work in order to care for their child. Read more



Vacancies and opportunities


DR UK are recruiting for a Communications Officer: this is a fantastic opportunity to promote DR UK’s vision for equal participation in society. Click here to find out more, including how to apply

Independent Living Fund Scotland (ILF) has set up a Transition Fund for young disabled people: The fund is for scottish young disabled people aged 16-21 and aims to support them as they leave school and children’s services. The fund is capped at £7500 per person and can be put towards anything that will enhance independence and well being (for example, driving lessons, sports equipment, art courses etc). Find out more


Get Involved!


Survey your local supermarket car pack for accessibility: Disabled Motoring UK (DMUK) has launched its annual Baywatch campaign. This month, DMUK is asking as many people as possible to survey their local supermarket car park to investigate levels of disabled parking abuse. The survey only takes five minutes to complete, paper copies can be requested from the DMUK office (Tel 01508 489449) or you can click here to complete it online.

Pro Bono Panel want to hear from advice providers: the Pro Bono Panel, on behalf of the Administrative Justice Council, would like to hear from advice providers regarding the ongoing modernisation and digitisation of services including benefit appeals, and the ability of advice organisations to support their service users. Complete their survey here

Disabled people are being asked to respond to a groudbreaking project to devise a new social security system: Fill out the survey here to ensure that claimants are treated with dignity, trust and respect.

Work for a London based advice provider? Then please fill out this survey

NHS England are now welcoming applications for their Peer Leadership Academy: The academy is a personal development experience for people with lived experience of personalised care. It aims to build people’s knowledge, skills and confidence around Personalised Care, change management and how they can make a practical difference through co-production, so they can play an active role in the personalised care programmes at a national and regional level.

Find our more information on the academy, including how to apply, here. The deadline for applications is 12pm on Friday 19 July 2019.

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

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.





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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