Disability Rights UK E-Newsletter 8 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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DR UK is launching a campaign to create 50 key supporters who each give £20 per month. In this way we can build up a fighting fund to underpin all our core work supporting disadvantaged disabled people, for which we receive no government funding.

Whatever the amount, direct debit is the single most helpful and efficient way you can support our work:

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- £10.00 will fund updating a DR UK factsheet to help thousands of disabled people get the support they need

- £20.00 per month can fund our policy team to influence the protection or extension of a key right in the daily lives of millions

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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.



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



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



New publication launched: In collaboration with the Gatsby Education and the Careers and Enterprise Company we’ve launched “Good Career Guidance: Perspectives from the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Sector”. It is available to read online or download here

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.





Able Magazine Publisher Becomes Disability Confident Leader: The Disability Confident scheme supports employers to make the most of disabled people’s talent. Publisher of Able Magazine, Primas Media Ltd, has been accredited as a leader organisation.

The accreditation recognises Primas Media’s ongoing work in encouraging businesses to become more diverse and inclusive in their recruitment and retention practices, as they relate to disabled people.

DLA claimants who lose Motability eligibility on transfer to PIP will receive £1,000: The Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work Justin Tomlinson announced on 2nd July that those who lose eligibility for Motability on transfer from DLA to personal independence payment PIP will receive £1,000. Read more

Terminally-ill claimants tell Department for Work and Pensions to change their rules: People with terminal illness have called for ministers to end the “arbitrary and outdated” rules that force many of them through a “demeaning” and “insensitive” benefit assessment process. Currently, the DWP defines a terminal illness as one where a person’s death can reasonably be expected within six months. Read more

James Moore of the Independent speaks to DR UK about accessible transport: James Moore spoke with our researcher, Evan Odell, in his piece about the standards of accessible travel in the UK. Evan commented that standards all around the UK are low and need improving, but that Blackpool has done some good work, primarily by seeking the voices of and listening to disabled people.



Vacancies and opportunities


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


Are you finding online a problem regarding government services? Government services have increasingly moved online. Has this created a problem for you, a family member or a friend?Research Institute for Disabled Consumers (RiDC) is working with WaveLength, a charity that works to alleviate loneliness across the UK, as part of the Digital Equality Group (DEG). DEG wants to hear from people who have found accessing, acquiring, and using digital technology difficult.

Email WaveLength about your situation now

Please tell the RiDC about your central heating controls: For disabled and older people, easy and effective control of heating is absolutely vital for good health and finances. Many heating controls are complicated or inaccessible. But now there are smartphone applications – or apps – which offer a technological solution. So for RiDC’s latest research, they really want your views and experiences:

Complete there summer central heating controls survey here

Deaf people invited to share experiences of child sexual abuse: The Truth Project is launching a new service to enable Deaf people who were sexually abused as children to share their experience, partnering with Deaf health charity SignHealth to support Deaf people to come forward. Data from SignHealth’s therapy service shows a quarter of the people seen have experienced abuse of some kind. Read more 

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.

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


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