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New research funding to help the voices of disabled people be heard

DW are delighted to announce, in partnership with Disability Action Northern Ireland, Disability Rights UK, and Inclusion Scotland, have been awarded a grant to carry out Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning (DRILL) project over the next five years. The research will focus on the extent to which disabled people are able to live independently whilst gathering their opinions on how changes could be made. Click on the link below for further information about this new exciting project http://www.disabilitywales.org/blog/new-research-funding-to-help-disabled-voices-to-be-heard/  


‘Disabled People’s Manifesto’ Workshops

Disability Wales (DW) invite disabled people and their organisations to help shape a ‘Disabled People’s Manifesto’ for Wales –

  • How far have we come since DWs 2011 Manifesto for Independent Living?
  • What more must be done?
  • Together help develop our Calls for Action!

Our Disabled People’s Manifesto will be developed in the lead up to the 2016 National Assembly for Wales Elections. We have delivered two successful engaging events, and will be holding our third, and final event at Aberystwyth on March 5th. Book your place by Tel: 029 20887325 or Email: kelly.stuart@disabilitywales.org

Citizen Directed Co-operatives Cymru Project

Launch Wednesday 25th March 2015

We’re delighted to announce that Dr. Adolf Ratzka will be a guest speaker at our launch event on 25th March 2015.

Dr. Ratzka is the founder of Europe’s first user led personal assistance co-operative in Sweden (STIL: Stockholm Centre for Independent Living). He will discuss how his co-operative, STIL, has supported greater voice, choice and control for thousands of disabled people in Sweden. Dr Ratzka will be joined by other guest speakers which include Mark Drakeford (Minster for Health and Social Services) and Aled Roberts (AM).

All Wales People First Conference:

As the CDCC Project Officer, I was kindly invited to attend the All Wales People First Conference in Prestatyn on 4th March to talk about how citizen directed co-operatives can support independent living in Wales, through providing an alternative way to managing Direct Payments.

I’m very thankful to the warm reception I received from the People First delegates and for their support for the CDCC Project. I look forward to seeing People First members again at the CDCC Roadshows which will be running across Wales over the next few months!

Internship opportunity!

The Citizen Directed Co-operatives Cymru project is recruiting an intern to support with research and evaluation of the project.

The CDCC intern will support the CDCC Development Officer at a key stage of the project through researching and evaluating the impact of project activities.

The intern will provide a vital contribution to the CDCC project as ongoing evaluation and research into the impact of the project will be used to support the development of further Direct Payment co-operatives across Wales.

The opportunity is open to disabled people who are interested in promoting the rights, equality and independence of disabled people. We are looking for applications from candidates who either have a degree or have some (paid or unpaid) research experience and who are available for approximately 14 hours a week for between 3-4 months.

This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to an innovative and high profile.

To apply please visit: http://www.recruit3.org.uk/6520

For more information about the opportunity, feel free to contact Becky: Rebecca.newsome@disabilitywales.org or call 02920 887325

Enabling Wales ProjectEnabling Wales logo

March is getting closer and closer, which means the Enabling Wales Training programme will begin!

We have appointed our trainers for the programme and they are busy designing an exciting and interactive training course for all the participants! It is definitely one not to miss.

The first round of the training programme is starting on Tuesday the 3rd of March in the Heronston Hotel Bridgend. If you are a young disabled person or a disabled adult who is interested in finding out more about your rights and how you can engage at a Local and National Level come along to the training.

The training days are FREE, Informative and lunch will be provided.

If you want to find out more about the Enabling Wales Programme and how you can get involved please visit

Bridgend Training Programme

Carmarthen Training Programme

Enabling Wales info

If you would like to book yourself on the training courses please reserve your place by returning the booking form to Julie Bilton: julie.bilton@disabilitywales.org or to the address at the bottom of the form. Or call the office on 02920 887325

Shaping Our Lives & Communities, Planning Together

Reminder  about the training programme planned in partnership with BCDP and Wales council of the Blind, aimed at disabled people living across the Bridgend County Borough area of South Wales. The aim of the training is to further increase disabled people’s knowledge on ‘disability’ issues and confidence to speak out and influence policy and service delivery. Dates for your diary: Disability Equality Training (DET) 19 February; Know Your Rights 30 April and Improving Services 18 June.  If you live in the area and would like to get involved contact Cathy Rogers (Development Officer) on 07814 209 472 (Mon – Wed) or email bridgendcoalitiondp@gmail.com

What we’ve been up to:

  • Network Rail Severn Tunnel Junction – Equality Impact Assessment
  • Accessible Housing Registers Network Meeting
  • Welsh Government Bus Policy Advisory Group
  • Manifesto Events
  • Delivered DET training to Empire Restaurant
  • UN convention meeting
  • Human Rights stakeholders group meeting
  • SW Police equality rights meeting
  • Social Co-operatives Development Forum


Rhian & the DW team

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Forthcoming Events

Tue, March 3rd, 2015

Enabling Wales Training Programme 2015 – Bridgend

3rd March 2015

Thu, March 5th, 2015

Disabled People’s Manifesto Regional Workshops – Aberystwyth

Thursday 5th March

Mon, March 23rd, 2015

Enabling Wales Training Programme 2015 – Carmarthen

23rd March 2015

Wed, March 25th, 2015

Citizen Directed Co-operatives Cymru Official Launch

25th March 2015

Thu, April 9th, 2015

CDCC Roadshow – Oranisation Cardiff event

9th April 2015

Wed, April 15th, 2015

CDCC Roadshow – Organisation Llanelli event

15th April 2015

Mon, April 20th, 2015

CDCC Roadshow – Organisation Llandindod Wells event

20th April 2015

Tue, April 28th, 2015

CDCC Roadshow – Organisation Llandudno Junction event

28th April 2015


Mon, February 16th, 2015

St Fagans National History Museum Making History project

Consultation with Disabled People

Mon, February 16th, 2015

Social Services and Housing promote well-being

Alongside the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 local authorities are also working hard to implement the Housing (Wales)Act 2014.

Mon, February 16th, 2015

Age Cymru job vacancy

Information and Advice Outreach Officer Salary – £14,753 per annum (21 hours) Fixed term for 12 months Location –  Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Closing date: […]

Mon, February 16th, 2015

Pembrokeshire People First – Have your say

26th March 2015, 10am—3pm, Albany Hall Haverfordwest

Fri, February 13th, 2015

Feedback needed on the use of VRS

Anyone with experience of using VRS?

Fri, February 13th, 2015

Views of assistance dog users wanted in access survey

Guide Dogs organisation is asking assistance dog users to complete a survey about their experiences

Fri, February 13th, 2015

Launch of Welfare Rights service for people with sensory loss

RNIB Cymru has launched an innovative specialist welfare rights

Fri, February 13th, 2015

New research funding to help the voices of disabled people be heard

The issues and challenges facing disabled people will soon be better understood thanks to new research made possible with a £5 million grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

Fri, February 6th, 2015

UN debate will be reminder of true inclusive education

A high-profile day of debate will be a chance to remind the United Nations – and the UK government – what disabled people mean by “inclusive education”, say campaigners.

Fri, February 6th, 2015

Labour finally admits: ‘We won’t save the Independent Living Fund’

Labour has finally admitted that it will not save the Independent Living Fund (ILF) if it secures power in May’s general election.

Fri, February 6th, 2015

MP asks civil servant to search benefit death reports to check on DWP blame

A senior civil servant has been asked by an MP to examine whether any of the 49 secret reviews into benefit-related deaths concluded that the government had been partly to blame.

Fri, February 6th, 2015

Learning Disability Wales is looking for a new Business Development & Finance Manager

Closing date: Wednesday 4 March 2015, 12pm. Interview: Thursday 19th March 2015.

Tue, February 3rd, 2015

DW & WACDS respond to Social Services Act consultation

Disability Wales and the Wales Alliance for Citizen Directed Support Provider Network have submitted a joint response to the Welsh Government’s consultation on the Social […]

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