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  • 1. July 2012 This update includesMonthly Bulletin 38 articles on the following topics:Dear Members,This month we were delighted to hear our ChiefExecutive, Mike Adams, had been awarded an ecdp newsOBE in The Queen’s Birthday Honours list. TheOBE was given in recognition of Mike’s services 1. Mike Adams, ecdp CEO,to disabled people over the last 20 years. awarded OBE 2. Could you be aThe response Mike has received since the Trustee/Director at ecdp?announcement was made has been extremely 3. ecdp – Working withpositive, and he wanted to pass on his thanks to Skills for Care to supportall those individuals and organisations who have you as an employer.supported him – and ecdp – over the last fewyears.You can read more about Mike’s award on page local news3 and on the ecdp website. Keep an eye on thewebsite for pictures of Mike receiving his OBE! 4. Your help is needed to develop a Joint Health &Also in this bulletin is an update on the work we Wellbeing Strategyare carrying out with Skills for Care, looking at for Essexways to ensure their useful information is made 5. Person Centred Dementiaas available as possible to you. CareYou’ll see on page 5 that there are lots of waysyou can get involved in this work, including paid national newsfocus groups. For more information on this work,please contact ecdp using the details below. 6. ODI launch consultation on extending the Right toBest wishes, Control pilot 7. Update on Remploy fromRich Watts Maria Miller MP 8. Inclusive Sport -July 2012: Monthly Update 38 Page 1 of 10
  • 2. Monthly Bulletin 38 – July 2012Director of Policy & Development 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 3AAJuly 2012: Monthly Update 38 Page 2 of 10
  • 3. ecdp newsMike Adams, ecdp CEO,awarded OBEMike Adams, Chief Executive of ecdp, has been awarded an OBEin The Queen’s Birthday Honours list in recognition of his servicesto disabled people.Mike Adams OBE said: I am absolutely delighted and take great pride in what I have achieved. But the award is also a reflection of the many amazing people I have worked alongside and who have both supported my development and shared the passion for making a difference to the everyday lives of disabled people.Mike has been Chief Executive of ecdp since 2007. Over the last 5years, ecdp has supported over 20,000 disabled people across Essexto have choice and control.Terry Collin, Chair of ecdp, said: Mike’s OBE is a tremendous acknowledgement of his work and dedication. I’ve known and worked closely with him for some 10 years and long-admired the intellect, commitment and drive he brings to any role or project he undertakes. As a result of Mike’s leadership, the lived experiences of disabled people in Essex have shaped and influenced important changes at local and national levels. So I’m absolutely delighted that his talents, achievements, but above all his considerable personal contribution to advancing the interests of disabled people, are being recognised in this way.Further news and press coverage about Mike’s award is available onthe ecdp website.July 2012: Monthly Update 38 Page 3 of 10
  • 4. 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 by mwatchorn@ecdp.org.uk or phone 07546 597044. July 2012: Monthly Update 38 Page 4 of 10
  • 5. ecdp newsecdp – Working with Skills for Care tosupport you as an employerecdp is delighted to be working with Skills for Care to supportdisabled people in Essex and beyond who employ their ownstaff to access Skills for Care’s useful and time-savingresources.Skills for Care wants to ensure the people who work for disabled andolder people in providing care – often paid for by Direct Payments orPersonal Budgets – have the right 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.We will be holding two focus groups, which our members are invited toattend: Apprenticeship Resources: 1pm on Thursday 26 July Build Your Qualification Card Kit: 1pm on Tuesday 4 SeptemberThe first focus group, held during June, gave our members anopportunity to review the Skills for Care Personal Assistant Toolkit.This is designed to help people employ their own PAs and will soon beupdated taking their feedback into account.You can also let us know your views about the Skills for Care PAToolkit by filling out this online survey.We can pay for people’s travel to and from the focus group as well as£15 for your time. If you’re interested in attending this focus group orfor more information, please contact Faye Savage onfsavage@ecdp.co.uk or 01245 214023.July 2012: Monthly Update 38 Page 5 of 10
  • 6. local newsYour help is needed to develop a JointHealth & Wellbeing Strategy for EssexThe Essex Health and Wellbeing boardThe Essex Health and Wellbeing board is developing a Joint Healthand Wellbeing Strategy for Essex, and they need the help of Essexresidents.The strategy will identify the priorities that will make the greatestdifference to the health and wellbeing of Essex residents.What do we mean by better health and wellbeing?Health and wellbeing refers to a state of complete physical, mental,and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or illness.You can find out much more about health and wellbeing in Essex,including detailed facts and figures, in the Joint Strategic NeedsAssessment.Your views countThe Essex Health and Wellbeing board want to hear your views on thethings that you think can make the greatest improvement to the healthand wellbeing of Essex residents.They are running a short survey, which will take 5 minutes to completeand includes information on a range of issues that affect health andwellbeing. This is your chance to say which you think are mostimportant to you as a resident.To complete the survey, just visit the Engage Essex website.July 2012: Monthly Update 38 Page 6 of 10
  • 7. local newsPerson Centered Dementia CareAre you caring for a relative with dementia?Does your work bring you into contact with peoplewith dementia?If so, then you may find this training course from VSThelpful in giving you the background knowledge andpractical skills to make this easier.What is it about?The aim of this course is to provide participants with an understandingof what dementia is and how to care for individuals who havedementia. It will cover: The neurological changes and dementia drugs Different types of dementia and the main differences in the signs and symptoms The role of other factors such as personality and social psychology in shaping the individual’s experienceWhat will I learn? The importance of communication and how dementia affects a person’s ability to communicate How to modify communication skills for people with dementia To understand behaviour as a means of communication The need for occupation in health and well being Through discussion and exercises how to provide activities which are therapeutic for the individualDate: Tuesday 17 July 2012Time: 10am to 4pmFor costs, more information or to book your place, visit the VoluntarySector Training website.July 2012: Monthly Update 38 Page 7 of 10
  • 8. national newsODI launch consultation on extendingthe Right to Control pilotLast week a public consultation on proposals to extend the Rightto Control pilot for 12 months was launched by the Office forDisability Issues.The pilot was launched in 2010 with the aim of giving eligibledisabled people more control over some of the support theyreceive and was due to end in December 2012. However, aninterim evaluation of the pilot that was published earlier thisyear, found that although there were many examples of goodpractice within the Trailblazer areas, more evidence was neededabout the pilot’s impact. This will be compiled from the evidencegiven in the consultation.ecdp has been integrally involved in the Right to Control in Essex,which is 1 of 7 trailblazer sites across the county. Right to Control aimsto change the way disabled people are able to both access and usefunding available to them from a range of organisations and providenew opportunities for disabled people to choose services and supportwhich works for them.You can read and download the consultation documents and find outhow to take part by visiting the DWP website. More information can befound about the Right to Control and the Trailblazers on the Office forDisability issues website. Update on Remploy from Maria Miller MP The Office for Disability Issues (ODI) have released an update from Maria Miller MP, Minister for Disabled People regarding the support being put in place to support those affected by the proposed closure of Remploy factories. The Minister’s full update is available on the ecdp website and you can find a Q and A briefing note on Remploy’s website.July 2012: Monthly Update 38 Page 8 of 10
  • 9. national newsLearning Disability WeekLearning Disability Week is a week of national campaigningand awareness raising run by Mencap.This year’s Learning Disability Week continued the greatwork of Learning Disability week 2011, which saw thelaunch of the ‘Stand by me’ campaign against hate crime.Since the launch, Mencap campaigners have been working with policeforces up and down the country asking them to sign up to the ‘Standby me’ campaign and to tackle disability hate crime. Mencap are usingthis week to ensure this work continues.Learning Disability Week is a great opportunity to keep disability hatecrime at the top of the police’s agenda and for people with a learningdisability, their families and local campaigners, to build strongerrelationships with the police.If you have any questions, you can email campaigns@mencap.org.ukto find out more. Also see the Mencap website for more ways to getinvolved locally.July 2012: Monthly Update 38 Page 9 of 10
  • 10. national newsInclusive Sport - Sport EnglandSport England works to create a meaningful and lasting communitysport legacy from both the London 2012 Olympic Games andParalympic Games, by growing sports participation by disabled peopleat grassroots level.They are looking to provide revenue grants of over £10,000, to fundprojects which target disabled people aged 14 years old and abovewith a recognised sporting activity or physical activities that lead torecognised sport.The application form is available now until the closing date of 31August 2012. They will also run a series of workshops in June and Julyproviding further information and support.To find out more information, visit the Inclusive Sport pages of theSport England website. Disability Rights UK factsheets Disability Rights UK has updated their free factsheets. These provide basic information about benefits, tax credits, social care and other disability related issues and may be of use to our members. See the Disability Rights UK website for more information.July 2012: Monthly Update 38 Page 10 of 10