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Presentation for the Every Voice Counts Partnership day on May 17 by Joanna Matthews of Regional Disability Network. She talked about the RDN's EVCPWM project to empower people with disabilities in …

Presentation for the Every Voice Counts Partnership day on May 17 by Joanna Matthews of Regional Disability Network. She talked about the RDN's EVCPWM project to empower people with disabilities in the West Midlands: it sought to:
Support existing groups
Set up new groups
Set up networks
Link with local government
Link with other regional bodies

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  • 1. Joanna Matthews EVC Disability Empowerment Champions
  • 2.  
  • 3.
    • Why take part in the EVC initiative?
    our region our voice – let’s use it 20%* disabled people in region
  • 4. Regional Disability Network Gathering evidence Raising awareness Campaigning
  • 5.
    • RDN project =
    • Support existing groups
    • Set up new groups
    • Set up networks
    • Link with local government
    • Link with other regional bodies
  • 6. Social model of Disability
    • Impairment = injury, illness, or congenital condition
    • Disability
      • loss or limitation of opportunities
      • No equality
      • social and environmental barriers
    •  
  • 7.
    • Barriers create the main problems
    • environment
    • attitudes - stereotyping, discrimination prejudice
    • inflexible procedures and practices
  • 8. Our EVC scheme
    • Purpose - enable 15 disabled people to become Empowerment Champions
    • Influence
    • Lobby
    • Campaign
  • 9. Activities
    • Bid November 09
    • Contract early December
    • Raising awareness of DEC concept and opportunity
    • Delivery of learning programme
    • Liaison with NI4 leads and others
  • 10. Achievements
    • self-development course
    • delivery to 42 Disabled people
    • organisational learning about marketing
    • Increased organisational knowledge - fully accessible provision
    • greater understanding of NI4 targets and CDP’s potential contribution
    • increased contact with some local authorities to build on
  • 11. Challenges
    • Time factor
    • Connecting with NI4 leads
    • Geography
  • 12. Learning
    • Longer time period to deliver planned outputs
    • Successful joint delivery with LAs - relationships to be in place
    • Some beneficiaries require more one-to-one input prior to training events
  • 13. Recommendations for EVC
    • It takes time
    • Fit with local authority priorities
    • Lighter touch monitoring and evaluation
  • 14. What went well
    • 28 participants main programme
    • Additional programme 14 adults with learning difficulties
    • Organisational learning
      • Marketing
      • Contacts
      • Accessible training methods
      • Meeting very diverse needs
  • 15. Joanna Matthews Project Manager Regional Disability Network Project at CDP