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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: firstname.lastname@example.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!
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.email@example.com or call 02920 887325
Enabling Wales Project
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: firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.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