Disability Rights UK E-Newsletter 1 July 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.


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Training and Consultancy



Business Champions: DR UK are looking for Business Champions! Our champions will help us increase our impact in the business sector and provide us with feedback on ways we can better work with businesses. We are looking for those with an active interest in disability and a good level of experience in the corporate and/or public sector. If you are committed to creating a more equal society for disabled people, please do get in touch at anna.fahy@disabilityrightsuk.org .

Corporate Partnership Offer: We have recently revamped our corporate partnership offer so that it is both useful and cost effective for businesses of all sizes. Working in partnership with us is the best way to create a truly inclusive organisation. To find out more please contact anna.fahy@disabilityrightsuk.org .

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@disabilityrightsuk.org

  • Disability Confidence Training – we are now taking books for our 9th September course which will be 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.



A Life Without Limits by Sir Bert Massie: Sir Bert Massie was a hero of the disability movement, helping us win the rights that we enjoy today. Our CEO, Kamran Mallick, reviews his autobiography, ‘A Life Without Limits’ here



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



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

Get Yourself Active: Listen to the recording of the Get Yourself Active webinar here. This webinar is designed to be an overview of the Get Yourself Active programme and its evaluation report covering the last four years. The webinar will be broken down into three sections which reflect the evaluation report and the three strands of Get Yourself Active’s work: the local coordination model, co-production with the sports sector and the social worker guidelines.

EnAble Fund for Elected Office: A by-election for a new Police and Crime Commissioner in Northumbria has recently been announced. The election will take place on Thursday 18th July. Disability Rights UK and the Local Government Association are open to processing applications from any disabled candidates seeking elected office in this by-election. If you are a disabled candidate in this election and you require a reasonable adjustment(s) for your election campaign, please contact Disability Rights UK for more information:

Telephone: 0330 995 0400 and select Option 1

E-mail: enablefund@disabilityrightsuk.org

Users of BSL can use the text to talk service through the ngts.org.uk app or by dialling 18001 followed by 0330 995 0400 (option 1) and the handler will relay between the deaf caller and DRUK.

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

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.





Reed in Partnership publish a new report on Increasing Disability Confidence in SMEs: Reed‘s report has found that 1 in 3 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) do not employ any disabled people, or are not aware that they do. This is despite 93% of these organisations having an Equal Opportunities policy. Read more

‘Going the Extra Mile’ Study shows how inaccessible London’s transport is: The recent Going the Extra Mile study undertaken by Bolt Burden Kemp revealed a lack of staff training and the potential for injury when testing the accessibility of popular journies on public transport in our country’s capital. Read more

New guidance on personal budget payment cards: New guidance on social care personal budget says pre-payment cards should never be the only option. The Independent Living Strategy Group, In Control and Think Local Act Personal (TLAP), have published a document on the use of payment cards in social care. It looks at how payment cards are being used by local authorities as a means of managing a personal budget and follows research undertaken by the Independent Living Strategy Group. The research identified significant variation in the way payment cards were being used across the country, and found examples of good and poor practice. Read more

Ombudsman slams council for causing considerable distress and harm to a disabled woman following a 60% cut to care package: The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) has found that the cut by Bolton Council to a disabled woman’s care package from 67 to 25 hours a week left her unable to keep herself safe and properly medicated at weekends, harming her health and wellbeing. Read more

Northern Ireland Ombudsman commences investigation into handling of Personal Independence Payment: The Northern Ireland Ombudsman has informed the Department for Communities that she is launching an investigation into the way the Department administers PIP. The decision follows a proposal sent to the Department earlier this year in which Ombudsman Marie Anderson stated that after an initial assessment of the Department’s procedures she was considering an investigation. Read more

Government announces series of reforms meant to improve lives of disabled people: The Government has announced a series of reforms that are meant to improve the lives of disabled people. The announcements relate to a potential Green Paper consultation on benefits, changes to statutory sick pay (SSP) and the forming of a cross-Government disability unit. 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. The closing date for applications is 9am on Thursday 4th July.

General Optical Council are recuriting 20 individuals to join their Hearings Panel: The General Optical Council is looking for individuals with excellent communication skills, good listening skills and positive team working skills to be apart of their Hearings Panel. The role will require a commitment of 30-40 days per year. Applications close on 26th July. To find out more and apply, please click here

Disability Sheffield are looking for an Advocacy Manager: a brilliant opportunity to work within a small user led disabled people’s organisation, supporting and supervising the advocacy team. The closing date for applications is 8am on Monday 15th July 2019. Interviews will be held on Tuesday 23rd July 2019. Please click here for an application pack, or email emily.morton@disabilitysheffield.org.uk or phone 0114 2536750. CVs will not be accepted.

DR UK recruiting for a Sales Volunteer: this is a great chance to volunteer in our bustling sales team. Find out more (including how to apply) here.



Get Involved!


Heathrow Airport consultation: Heathrow Airport has unveiled its expansion plans and have started a 12 week consultation period (from 18th June – 13th September). There will be 43 consultation events. Find out more.

Care and Support Alliance (CSA) Online Action: CSA‘s Online Action is running from 17th June until 22nd July and aims to collect the experiences of those requiring social care. Find out more, including how to share your experiences, here

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.





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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.

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