Disability Rights UK E-Newsletter 12th August 2019





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If you’re a member organisation and wish to submit an article for consideration, email members@disabilityrightsuk.org.



We’re recruiting for trustees!


We are disabled people leading change, working for “Equal Participation for All” and we are looking for new Trustees to join our board.

· Are you passionate about equal participation for all disabled people?

· Do you have the skills to be a Trustee?

· Can you help strengthen the voice of disabled people and support Disability Rights UK to continue to build the organisation and achieve greater impact and sustainability?

Our elections are on 13 November 2019 and successful candidates will join the board on 1st January 2020 for a three-year term.

We are looking for people with expertise in:

- fundraising / income generation

- marketing and communications, including digital communication

We would welcome applications from women and people from black and minority ethnic communities who are under-represented on DR UK’s Board.

We are keen to receive applications from disabled people with a wide range of experiences including: learning difficulties, mental health conditions, neuro-diversity, deafness, hearing impairments, visual impairments, physical impairments and long-term health conditions.

For more details about the role and commitments of a Trustee and the application form, please see the attached documents. Send your completed application form by email to recruitment@disabilityrightsuk.org

If you require a printed application pack, an alternative format or other assistance, please telephone Chelsey Tredgold on 0203 687 0772, email us at recruitment@disabilityrightsuk.org or write to:

Trustee Recruitment 2019

Disability Rights UK


14 East Bay Lane


E20 3BS

The closing date for applications is 5pm on the 21st August 2019


News roundup


Capita takes legal action to stop compensation payment ordered after Personal Indepdence Payment (PIP) claimant’s tragic death: Capita, who conduct health assessments for PIP on behalf of the DWP, is going to court to try to reverse the “reputational damage” it says it suffered after a court awarded £10,000 to the family of a PIP claimant who tragically died. Read more

Government faces third legal challenge to Universal Credit migration arrangements: The government faces being taken to court for a third time in relation to their Universal Credit migration arrangements for those who previously received the Severe Disability Premium (SDP) and Enhanced Disability Premium (EDP) and were moved onto Universal Credit (UC) before 16 January 2019. Read more

Call to publish Disability Employment Gap figures: With one in two disabled people unemployed, it’s important to hold the government accountable to its pledge to improve job outcomes for disabled people. Read more


Get Involved



Disability Advice Service Lambeth are recruiting!: Disability Advice Service Lambeth (DASL) are recruiting for one full time Supported Employment Coordinator and two part time job coaches to work on Supported Pathways to the Creative Industries (AKA Making It Work) – a partnership between DASL, Lewisham College and various arts employers including the Royal Opera House and National Theatre. The closing dates are 13th and 14th August so do get your applications in quickly! Find out more

Sharing and Celebrating Patient and Public Involvement in Healthcare Community Grants: NHS England and NHS Improvement’s ‘celebrating involvement in healthcare’ community grants scheme is now open for applications. Grants of up to £2500 are available to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations to showcase how they have been involving patients, service users and the public in improving health services. Apply now

UK Active are recruiting a Head of Inclusion: The Head of Inclusion will continue the work on Everyone Can, looking to remove barriers that disabled people exprience accessing sport and other physical activity. Application deadline tomorrow! Find out more here

Bristol based? Arnolfini and PECo theatre are looking for visually impaired people to join them for journeys into Bristol: They are working on a project called ‘Could this be the place…?’, a collaboration between a sighted and a visually impaired artist. As part of this, workshops will bring together visually impaired people with sighted partners who will travel together across six journeys in Bristol, and then return to share their ideas for the future. Participants will use wearable tech to record data about their experience, which will later be analysed by the University of Bristol. If you’re visually impaired and would like to take part in this please contact producer@partexchangeco.org.uk.

Head to London Parapride next weekend!: The first fully accessible and all-inclusive LGBTQ+ Pride celebration aimed primarily at disabled people. The event will take place at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern on Saturday 17th August. Book your place!

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.


Members, projects and partners



DRILL report covered in the Times Educational Supplement: The Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning (DRILL) programme’s recent report on young people’s attitudes to disability has been covered by the Times Educational Supplement. The research was led by Evan Odell from DR UK. Key findings include pupils with SEND feeling excluded and socially isolated at school, as well as being bullied. Read the full report.

Get Yourself Active: “Being newly disabled was isolating for a while and finding a new hobby helped me to reconnect with people in a really welcoming environment.” Read Leanora’s story here.

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.

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

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

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.


Support our work by giving a monthly amount



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:

-  £3.00 per month can provide a disabled person with life changing advice and guidance

- £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

Please sign up to give a regular monthly amount here.


Training and Consultancy



Benefits Overview Training: Sign up now! Our September course is already full and next availability is for 13th November. This course is for professionals looking to increase or update their knowledge of the benefits system – it is not for individual claimants.

Disability Confidence Training: if you are a manager wanting to increase your awareness and knowledge of supporting disabled colleagues – as members of staff, volunteers or young people on work experience then this course is for you. The next course will run on 9th September in central London.

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


Publications and factsheets



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! If you’re an organisation, we can offer discounts for orders of 5 copies or more, email steve.newsham@disabilityrightsuk.org for more information.

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





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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