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ecdp email bulletin 37 - June 2012
ecdp email bulletin 37 - June 2012
ecdp email bulletin 37 - June 2012
ecdp email bulletin 37 - June 2012
ecdp email bulletin 37 - June 2012
ecdp email bulletin 37 - June 2012
ecdp email bulletin 37 - June 2012
ecdp email bulletin 37 - June 2012
ecdp email bulletin 37 - June 2012
ecdp email bulletin 37 - June 2012
ecdp email bulletin 37 - June 2012
ecdp email bulletin 37 - June 2012
ecdp email bulletin 37 - June 2012
ecdp email bulletin 37 - June 2012
ecdp email bulletin 37 - June 2012
ecdp email bulletin 37 - June 2012
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  • 1. June 2012 This update includesMonthly Bulletin 37 articles on the following topics:Dear Members,Welcome to the June edition of the ecdp monthlyemail bulletin. At ecdp we’re starting to get very ecdp newsexcited about the Paralympics and are workingon a special Paralympic edition of the ecdp 1. Could you be amagazine to celebrate. If you have any Trustee/Director at ecdp?information about disability sports in Essex or are 2. ecdp’s disability hatea disabled athlete who would like to share your crime report used as astory please contact Faye at ecdp: case study in a report onfsavage@ecdp.co.uk. improving victim supportWe are also looking for talented disabled peopleto join ecdp’s Board. Our Board of Trustees areall disabled people and have a variety of lived local newsexperience and skills. If you would like to helpshape the strategic direction of the organisation, 3. Time to Change: East ofplease see page 3 for more details or contact England networking eventMargaret by email: mwatchorn@ecdp.org.uk or 4. The Mental Way Blogphone 07546 597044. 5. Disability Sports Day 6. Step up and join Miles forThis month, we have another opportunity for you Macmillanto get involved and share your views. ecdp is 7. Zinc Arts ‘Launch Pad’delighted to be working with Skills for Care tosupport disabled people in Essex and beyondwho employ their own staff to access Skills forCare’s useful and time-saving resources. Thereare lots of ways you can get involved in this work, national newswhich you can read about on pages 5 and 6.These include a focus group taking place at 2pm 8. Over £500k ofon Friday 15 June 2012 (plus two more to save Government Fundingthe date for) and an online survey about your awarded to Disabled People’s User-LedJune 2012: Monthly Update 37 Page 1 of 17
  • 2. Monthly Bulletin 37 – June 2012views of the PA Toolkit. OrganisationsBest wishes, 9. 100 days to go until the Paralympic GamesRich Watts 10.A perfect partnership:Director of Policy & Development supporting disabled workers 11.Fulfilling Potential: what happens next? We welcome member contributions to the bulletin, our website and the ecdp magazine. If you would like to write something, or comment on any of the articles in this edition of the bulletin, please get in touch with us using the details below. If you have missed a previous email bulletin, they are all available on our website: ecdp monthly email bulletin. Telephone: 01245 392 300 Email: info@ecdp.org.uk Post: Ivan Peck House, 1 Russell Way, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 3AAJune 2012: Monthly Update 37 Page 2 of 17
  • 3. ecdp news Could you be a Trustee/Director at ecdp? Could you help set the strategic direction at ecdp – a leading Disabled People’s User Led Organisation (DPULO) – which serves, and represents, the interests of disabled people in Essex and beyond? We are a charity and company limited by guarantee and are looking for people to join our existing Board of Trustees/Directors. We need people who: have a self-declared impairment, as recognised under equality law (this includes long-term health conditions such as diabetes, HIV etc) live, work or study in the geographical county of Essex; have experience of working at a strategic level; and can commit to around 10 days a year to prepare for, and attend, Board and/or committee meetings In return Trustees/Directors will directly contribute to making ecdp’s vision of enhancing the everyday lives of disabled people a reality. They also have the opportunity to meet many policy formers in Essex and influence central government. We would welcome expressions of interest from those with experience in any field, but would particularly like to hear from those with a background in financial management, policy, law or marketing. To find out more, please contact the Companies and Charity Secretary, Margaret Watchorn (mwatchorn@ecdp.org.uk ) or telephone 07546 597044. June 2012: Monthly Update 37 Page 3 of 17
  • 4. ecdp newsecdps disability hate crime report usedas a case study in a report onimproving victim support“Victims’ services advocates: Helping to shinea light on victims’ issues”In 2011, Victim Support launched a new projectwith Louise Casey (former Commissioner for victimsand witnesses) to find out more about the issuesaffecting local victims and witnesses of crime. Theyrecruited a national network of victims’ servicesadvocates (VSAs) to research and report on local victimand witness issues.The VSA team talked to victims and witnesses about their experienceof crime and identified what services are available across England andWales.Their findings have come together in a series of local reports that raiseawareness of important issues affecting victims and witnesses. Thesereports will also help the new police and crime commissioners as eachpolice force have victim and witness issues on their agenda.Through a series of focus groups and interviews VSA spoke to victimsand witnesses about their experiences locally including:how they were treated by the police and criminal justice systemif they found suitable support services to help them through thisdifficult time in their life whether or not they reported the crime, and ifnot, why.On the Victim Support website you can download the reports for allareas, including Essex.The report from the team who worked in Essex is also available on theecdp website. You will see that ecdp’s work on disability hate crimehas been quoted as a case study (page 25).June 2012: Monthly Update 37 Page 4 of 17
  • 5. ecdp newsecdp – Working with Skills for Care tosupport you as an employerecdp is delighted to be working with Skills for Care tosupport disabled people in Essex and beyond whoemploy their own staff to access Skills for Care’s usefuland time-saving resources.Skills for Care wants to ensure the people who work fordisabled and older people in providing care – often paidfor by Direct Payments or Personal Budgets – have theright skills and qualifications to do so.We know Direct Payments can be a very beneficial way of arrangingyour social care. But we also understand that it can sometimes taketime to get the right information to feel fully in control. This iswhy ecdp is working with Skills for Care to ensure their usefulinformation is made as available as possible to you. There are lots ofways you can get involved in this work.Focus groupsWe will be holding a series of focus groups on different areas of Skillsfor Care’s work over the next few months.The first focus group will be to review their Personal Assistant Toolkit,which is designed to help people employ their own personalassistants. Skills for Care are about to update their PA Toolkit andwould like to know your views about it, including any suggestions youmay have on its content and format.The focus group will take place at 2pm on Friday 15 June 2012 atecdp’s office in Chelmsford.We can pay for people’s travel to and from the focus group and canalso pay £15 for your time. If you’re interested in attending this focusgroup please contact Faye Savage on fsavage@ecdp.co.uk or 01245214023.June 2012: Monthly Update 37 Page 5 of 17
  • 6. ecdp newsWe will also be holding two other focus groups asfollows, so hold the dates in your diary!Apprenticeship Resources: 1pm on Tuesday 14August 2012Build Your Qualification Card Kit: 1pm on Tuesday 4September 2012SurveyWe also currently have a survey open about the Skills for Care PAToolkit. You can let us know your views by filling out this online survey.More informationWe hope you will consider getting involved in the different types ofwork outlined above.If you have any questions about any of the above, please don’thesitate to contact Richard Watts via email on rwatts@ecdp.co.uk.June 2012: Monthly Update 37 Page 6 of 17
  • 7. local news Time to Change: East of England networking event Have you experience of Mental Health problems and the discrimination associated with it? Time to Change are running an event on Monday 11 June from 1.30-4.30 pm to get people together to try and change this. At the event you can: Learn more about Time to Change Get involved – become a Time to Change Champion Make links and plan your own networking events Find out about training opportunities Build support through networking activities The event is taking place at King’s Centre, King Street, Norwich, NR1 1PH Book your place by contacting Sarah by email: s.james@time-to- change.org.uk, stating any access details, or call Sarah (East of England Regional Coordinator) on 07949083899. Some financial support is available for travel expenses on production of receipts/car mileage and light refreshments will also be available. Please note places are limited at this event so book early to avoid disappointment. June 2012: Monthly Update 37 Page 7 of 17
  • 8. local newsThe Mental Way BlogLaura Brook – the pen name of a real mental healthpatient in Essex – has launched a blog on the NEPFTwebsite. The aim of the blog is to get people talkingabout mental health so people can really understandwhat using mental health services is really like.Laura has experienced severe issues for many yearsand has agreed to blog monthly on her treatments, herviews about it and to comment on topics that take herfancy. People can comment or join in. To read the blogand post your comments, please visit the NEPFTwebsite.Andrew Geldard, Chief Executive of NEPFT said: This is a brave move by Laura but I am completely in favour of it. The pen name reminds us of the dangers of stigma and discrimination - especially as Laura has a job - but there is also a stigma around treatments, which in fact are very effective. Real experiences will help public understanding of what really happens here. Well done Laura.If you are interested in writing a blog, please contact Mike Waddington:mike.waddington@nepft.nhs.ukJune 2012: Monthly Update 37 Page 8 of 17
  • 9. local newsDisability Sports DayRiverside Ice and Leisure aims to meet the needs of the localcommunity by providing access for all to a wide range of itsfacilities and services. To promote these services, Riverside –with support from the Sports Development Unit – host an annualDisability Sports Day.The next Disability Sports Day will take place on Sunday 17 June2012 from 1pm to 5pm, at Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre inChelmsford.Watch the website for more updates on the Riverside website orcall Neil Potter on 01245 615069. You can follow Riverside onTwitter: @riversideLC.Volunteering OpportunitiesYear on year the Disability Sports Day has been largelysupported by volunteers from various backgrounds. Ifyou would like to volunteer your time to help out on theday, there are a number of roles including: Meet andGreet, Chaperones, Registration/information Point, andSports helpers.To find out more please contact Neil Potter using thedetails above.June 2012: Monthly Update 37 Page 9 of 17
  • 10. local newsStep up and join Miles for MacmillanExplore the countryside and take in the beautiful viewson Macmillan’s three or ten mile walk on Sunday 1 Julyfrom the Discovery Centre, Great Notley Country Park,Braintree.If you are interested in supporting Macmillan but do notwant to walk, volunteers are also needed to help withregistrations, marshal the route, hand out water and help with carparking.For more information about the above walks, please contactMacmillan’s Fundraising Support Centre on 0300 1000 200 or emailfundraising@macmillan.org.ukJune 2012: Monthly Update 37 Page 10 of 17
  • 11. local newsZinc Arts Launch Pad SummerProgramme Zinc… gives… some independence and opportunity to mix with new people and access new activities and pursue interests –Parent of participantAs part of the BBC Children in Need’s ‘Fun and Friendship’programme, Zinc is running ‘Launch Pad’, a unique seriesof activities for young people aged 12 - 18 years of agewho are Deaf or have a physical, visual or hearing impairment.Between June and August they are launching the SummerProgramme which will feature a host of activities, including creativearts workshops, residential weekends away, and even a group trip ofthe participants’ choice!To get a better idea about what this programme can do for youngpeople, check out this article on the BBC Children in Need’s websiteabout two of our Launch Pad participants, Symran and Benjamin. BBCChildren in Need - Zinc Arts.If you know of any young person that may benefit from this creativeprogramme or for more information contact Alice Williamson alice.williams@zincarts.org.uk or call 01277 365626.Transportation, personal care and communication support can bearranged if required.A timetable of activities for the Summer Programme is available todownload from the ecdp website: Launch Pad Summer ProgrammeFor more information on Zinc, visit their website: www.zincarts.org.uk,or follow ‘Zinc Arts’ on: Twitter, Facebook or Flickr.June 2012: Monthly Update 37 Page 11 of 17
  • 12. national newsOver £500k of Government Fundingawarded to Disabled Peoples User-Led Organisations£509,124 has been awarded to Disabled People’s User LedOrganisations since the Strengthening DPULO Programme waslaunched in July 2011, it has been announced today by the Minister forDisabled People, Maria Miller MP.These User Led Organisations run by and for disabled people, oftenprovide support and services alongside those provided by the publicsector. Drawing on their own first hand experiences of a disability, theyhave clear ideas about what works and what doesn’t.61 applications for funding have been received from DPULOs acrossEngland, 41 of which have been successful. As well as offeringfinancial support, the Strengthening DPULOs Programme’s providesDPULOs with support and advice on how to strengthen and make theirorganisations more sustainable through its Ambassadors.Some examples of how the Strengthening DPULO programme isstrengthening and building DPULOs, as well as making a difference tothe lives of disabled people in the local community are available on theecdp website.Minister for Disabled People, Maria Miller MP, said: I am delighted the Strengthening DPULO programme is successfully promoting the growth and improving sustainability of Disabled People’s User-Led Organisations, as well as making practical real improvements to the lives of disabled people and their communities. Whilst it is good the Facilitation Fund has awarded £509,124, a large amount of the £3 million funding remains, so I would encourage DPULOs to apply: In particular bids would be welcomed from the Midlands, and East of England.June 2012: Monthly Update 37 Page 12 of 17
  • 13. national news100 days to go until the ParalympicGamesLast month we celebrated just 100 daysto go to the London Paralympic Games.To mark the occasion, the BritishParalympic Association (BPA) launched anew five year plan to ensure theParalympic games continue having apositive impact on the lives of disabledpeople after they have taken place.Their plan sets out a new vision thathighlights the power of sport to inspirechange in people’s lives.The plan outlines how it will harness the momentum from a homeGames to drive and support progress across Paralympic sport to Sochi2014, Rio 2016 and beyond.Called ‘Maximising Momentum’, the plan also states what impact theBPA thinks London can have on disability sport more widely, whatoutcomes should be targeted as a result, and what role the BPAshould play with partners in assisting their deliver.It follows six months of detailed consultation with the membership ofthe BPA, other stakeholders and sponsors of the Paralympic Games.On ecdp’s website you can find quotes from various people involved inputting the plan together, including Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson,BPA Patron and one of our most successful ever Paralympians,.The BPA Strategic Plan for 2012-2017 is available to download on theBPA website.Please feel free to share your thoughts on this strategy with ecdp bycommenting below, writing on our Facebook page or tweeting us,@ecdp.June 2012: Monthly Update 37 Page 13 of 17
  • 14. national newsA perfect partnership: supportingdisabled workers A new report from the Equality and Human RightsCommission (EHRC) has found that disabled people continueto be put at a disadvantage in the workplace. They are notrealising their full potential as they are not getting the supportthey need at work. The report, “A Perfect Partnership,” saysthat closing the employment gap between disabled workersand non disabled workers can increase the performance ofstaff across the board.It found that disabled people do not want to be singled out for specialtreatment. They are looking for company-wide solutions that supportall workers – not just those with a disability – to do their jobseffectively. However, the review shows that employers are sometimesconfused by what exactly disability means. They are unsure of who isdisabled and what support disabled workers might need. TheCommission recommends that the employer and disabled workercollaborating together best resolves these issues.One of the barriers disabled people say they face is their ownreluctance to reveal their disability. People with mental healthconditions told the Commission that work was their best rehabilitationroute. Yet they did not feel comfortable in discussing any changes intheir working day that might benefit them and their employer.There are wider benefits as the UK economy also gains from areduced reliance on State benefits when disabled people are in work.More than one in five adults is disabled, yet only half are likely to be inwork, compared to four fifths of non disabled adults. One disabledperson in six loses their job in the first year after acquiring a disability,more than doubling two years later.The full report and other recommendations arising from the it are andavailable on the EHRC website: EHRC - the perfect partnership.June 2012: Monthly Update 37 Page 14 of 17
  • 15. national newsYouth Select Committee Inquiry: Callfor evidenceA Youth Select Committee has been established by the British YouthCouncil ‘to inquire into issues and concerns around safe, affordableand accessible transport for young people and makerecommendations to decision makers to address them.’Some of ecdp’s young members might be interested in sharing theirviews on the problems they face using public transport. During ourFulfilling Potential work with members to inform the Government’s newdisability strategy we were told about various transport barriers whichprevent young disabled people from living as independently as theywould like to.The Youth Select Committee is inviting written evidence about variousissues – including accessibility for disabled people – all of which arelisted on ecdp’s website.How to submit evidenceWritten submissions are due by 4 June 2012. Individuals andorganisations can submit evidence to the Youth Select Committee byemailing: bycyouthselect@parliament.ukThe Committee intends to hold oral evidence sessions on 6 and 13July.For more information, please see the Youth Parliament website.June 2012: Monthly Update 37 Page 15 of 17
  • 16. national news Fulfilling Potential: what happens next? The Government has released an update on the Fulfilling Potential discussion our members and thousands of other disabled people across the country contributed to at the start of this year. The experiences disabled people shared will inform the new disability strategy. The update below is taken from the Office for Disability Issues (ODI) website: There will be three phases of further work - so we can continue co-production of this important strategy. This will address the issues raised in the Fulfilling Potential discussions and in our recent work with stakeholders. We also want to ensure there is ongoing work on practical measures which will make a real difference to the lives of disabled people. Phase 1: we aim to complete our current work with disabled people and disabled peoples organisations in June 2012, so that we can then agree two documents with government colleagues in July 2012. These will be (provisional titles): Fulfilling Potential – Next Steps, setting out the strategic narrative, priority areas for further action, specific next steps, and how we would co-produce further plans. This will set out the vision for ensuring disabled people have better opportunities to realise their aspirations, with more choice and control over their lives and an approach to changing attitudes and behaviours in society. It will outline a new partnership approach which aims to build the capability of communities, and explore new ways to put power in the hands of individuals. There will be a focus on how we can strengthen the role of disabled peoples user led organisations and other community groups. It will draw on the extensive discussions with disabled people and disabled peoples organisations, and address the key issues raised including how to improve key life transitions, improving information and advice, new approaches to early intervention, and improving the accessibility June 2012: Monthly Update 37 Page 16 of 17
  • 17. national news of the environment and services. Fulfilling Potential – the discussions so far, which will include a summary of responses to Fulfilling Potential and set out current and planned actions across government. These documents will then be published in September 2012, to allow time for preparation of a range of accessible formats. This will be complemented by publishing the full set of Fulfilling Potential discussion responses received from organisations and individuals. Phase 2: in addition we will publish in the autumn, an analytical document, drawing on statistical and research data, exploring the nature of disability in the UK today and the issues faced by disabled people. Phase 3: the further work set out in Fulfilling Potential - Next Steps would lead to a further strategic document and action plan in the New Year, along with full analysis of the Life Opportunities Survey Wave 2 data. June 2012: Monthly Update 37 Page 17 of 17

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