Disability Rights UK E-Newsletter 16th September 2019

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


Campaign for Free Disabled Parking!




One in seven hospital sites now charges for disabled parking; this is an increase of 12% in a year. If this current trend continues, in approximately 7 years all NHS hospitals in England will be charging for disabled parking.The cumulative impact of these changes is limiting the access of millions of disabled people to critical healthcare across NHS hospitals in England. DR UK are campaigning for free disabled parking at hospitals, lead by ambassador Kush Kanodia and trustee Lucy Aliband. Find out more here



Get Yourself Active is happy to support We Are Undefeatable: a major new campaign to support people with long-term health conditions to be active. The campaign has been launched to support the one in four (15 million) people in England who live with one or more long-term health conditions, such as diabetes, cancer, arthritis and Parkinson’s. By recognising the unique barriers people with health conditions face, the campaign aims to help people build physical activity into their lives, by hearing from others who have become more active through the ups and downs of living with their condition. Click here to find out more.


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.


News Roundup



Commons Transport Committee criticises Department for Transport for failing to tackle pavement parking: The Transport Committee has today criticised the Department for Transport for failing to take action on pavement parking, which MPs have been told has a detrimental effect on people’s lives and can lead to social isolation. In 2015 the Government promised to look into the issue of pavement parking in England. Consultations, roundtable events and internal reviews failed to lead to any actions to improve the public’s experience of pavement parking. Read More

Sport For Confidence Announces Coaching Practice Placements: Sport For Confidence has been granted funding by Sport England to offer 40 Coaching Practice Placements (CPP). The CPP will enable those involved in the delivery of sport and physical activity programmes, from swimming teachers to social workers, from personal trainers to sports coaches, to adopt inclusive, hollistic coaching practices focused on whole person development. Throughout the 40 hours practical placement, participants will be mentored by Sport For Confidence health professionals, offering support, education and guidance to ensure all anticipated learning outcomes are met. This is a unique opportunity to work alongside an occupational therapist or other allied health professional and get involved in real situation, practical application through working with established Sport For Confidence groups at various leisure centres across Essex. To find out more, contact Sophie Garratt at sophie@sportforconfidence.com


Get Involved


Sense is recruiting!: Sense is looking for a Sport and Physical Activity Development Manager to join their Arts, Sports and Wellbeing team to play a key part in the development their Sport England funded ‘Sense, Active Together’ project. Find out more

Disability and Quality of Life Survey: The DWP has asked us to highlight a survey which is being hosted by Disability Confident Leader Sodexo, in partnership with PurpleSpace, to seek the views of people in the UK with lived experience of disability.They will use the responses to find insights to help shape a new future for disabled people – both as workers and customers in society.The survey should take 15 minutes to complete and is open until 2 October. Complete the survey here

Care Quality Commission are encouraging young people to feedback on care: As part of their #DeclareYourCare campaign, this month the Care Quality Comission (CQC) are encouraging young people to feedback on care. Their research has revealed that young people (16-24) don’t raise concerns about their care due to fears of being seen as a troublemaker, or because they don’t think it’ll make a difference. Young people are also more likely to have experienced poor care when using mental health services.

Download campaign resources, including a stakeholder toolkit and a range of digital and social media resources.

Please get in touch if you have any questions: engagementandinvolvement@cqc.org.uk

Join NHS Patient and Public Voices Forum: The NHS Cancer Programme exists to improve early diagnosis, survival, quality of life and patient experience for people with cancer across England. The Patient and Public Voices forum allows the NHS Cancer Programme to be shaped by patient, carer and family perspectives. They are looking for people across England who are passionate about NHS and can spare a few days a year to help transform cancer services. For an information pack and details on how to apply please contact Kaz Obuka on kalu.obuka1@nhs.net.

Government Consultation on Measures to Reduce Health Related Job Loss: Each year more than 100,000 people leave their job following a period of sickness absence lasting at least four weeks. Offering flexibility, early support and occupational health advice are the key to successful retention in the workplace. Many employers already see the case to invest in health and wellbeing. But some, particularly smaller ones, might not have the knowledge or time to support their employees with health conditions, even when they want to. The Government’s consultation seeks to address this challenge.

You can help shape future plans in this exciting area by accessing the consultation via this link, which will be open until 7th October 2019. Your views will be invaluable in helping Government to understand the implications of any reforms and how any potential changes can be best implemented in the future. This will be vital in ensuring Government provides employers and employees with the most effective support going forward.


Members, Projects and Partners



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


DR UK are recruiting for trainers!



DR UK is the go to disability training organisation for the public and private sector. In the past 12 months, we have worked with Adidas, the Financial Times, Lloyds Pharmacy, National Express, Premier Inn and National Grid, among many others.

DR UK is looking for freelance trainers to support our training and consultancy work. Trainers will primarily be delivering Disability Confidence training, but there will be opportunities for further training and consultancy depending on skill set and demand. Please note that all of our trainers must have lived experience of disability.

Interested parties will be invited to a half day recruitment session, where we’ll be assessing:

-   compatibility with DR UK’s values and mission

-   delivery style

-   ability to respond to feedback

Successful trainers will then be invited to a half day induction, delivered by one of DR UK’s longest standing trainers.

Unfortunately we cannot provide reimbursement for either of these sessions.

If you would like to apply to become one of DR UK’s trainers, please confirm that you have lived experience of disability and send your CV to anna.fahy@disabilityrightsuk.org


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