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    Disability Equality NW buisness plan (Dec 11) Disability Equality NW buisness plan (Dec 11) Document Transcript

    • Business Plan 2011 - 2016 1
    • ContentsSummary....................................................................................................................................3Background................................................................................................................................5Involving Stakeholders...............................................................................................................6Vision, Values and Mission.......................................................................................................7Activities .................................................................................................................................13Marketing.................................................................................................................................14Risk Assessment.......................................................................................................................17Potential Sources of Funding...................................................................................................19Action plan...............................................................................................................................26 2
    • SummaryDisability Equality (nw) is a disabled people’s organisation based inPreston which is run and controlled by disabled people. It currentlyprovides a range of services around information and advice,volunteering and peer support for local disabled people.This business plan sets out the organisation’s goals over the next fiveyears and how it will achieve them. It has been written followingextensive consultation with DENW’s trustees, staff, members andvolunteers. The results of this consultation have informed the vision,mission and set of core values which form the basis of the organisation’sstrategic plan. The mission is to promote the removal of disablingbarriers from society and further the human and civil rights of disabledpeople. This has been translated into 4 strategic aims: 1. To support individual disabled people to achieve independent living; 2. To facilitate volunteering and peer support opportunities for individual disabled people; 3. To influence the local community, services and other organisations, to remove barriers for disabled people; 4. To continually work to embed good practice in the organisation through further developing excellent governance, robust management and a strong commitment to equality of opportunities.This plan goes on to identify a number of indicators and activities tofurther these strategic aims. Amongst these are some ambitious piecesof work including developing both an independent advocacy service anda support planning and brokerage service; identifying and moving to newpremises; and developing a community café to further providevolunteering and peer support opportunities.This plan goes on to cover marketing, identifying who are DENW’scustomers, what are the benefits of them coming to DENW, what are theorganisation’s key messages and how are these messages to becommunicated. Potential risks are identified along with mitigating andrecovery actions. Potential sources of funding are identified to supporteach of the key areas of work. Finally the action plan sets out the key 3
    • things that need to happen in order to implement this plan, who will dothem, and by when. 4
    • BackgroundDisability Equality (nw) is a disabled people’s organisation based inPreston which is run and controlled by disabled people. Theorganisation was originally called Preston DISC and was started in July1996. It currently works across the North West, predominantlyLancashire, to remove disabling barriers from society and achieve fulland equal human rights for disabled people.At this time it provides a range of independent living and rights-basedsupport to individual disabled people and organisations: • Advice, information and client liaison • Support Groups • Volunteer Bureau • Peer support • Strategic / Policy work • 3rd party hate crime reporting centreIn addition, the organisation sells Disability Equality Training to localorganisations and provides representation on various statutory decision-making boards and panels. For the past three years it has had fundingto run a capacity building project to support disabled people’sorganisations in Lancashire, Cumbria, Blackburn with Darwen andBlackpool. 5
    • Involving StakeholdersDifference Matters Ltd was asked by Disability Equality (nw) to write theirstrategic plan and business plan for 2011-16. They began byconducting a consultation in late 2010 with its members, volunteers,trustees and staff on the future direction of the organisation. Additionalconsultation meetings with staff were held and a mapping exercise wasconducted on services in Lancashire which support independent living.Please see the appendices at the end of this document for moreinformation.Finally a stakeholder event was held where staff, members, volunteersand trustees got the opportunity to comment on the draft strategic plan.Many of these suggestions were then incorporated. Some issues suchas those around employment, access and transport couldn’t bespecifically addressed here, as an organisation with limited resourcessuch as DENW can only do so much and it is important that this strategyis practical and achievable. However these issues will come under thestrategic aim of supporting individual disabled people to access the 12basic rights for independent living. In addition, specific work arounddisability hate crime and educating school children on disability issueswas suggested at this event and not specifically included for the samereasons, but could be partially addressed under the strategic aim ofinfluencing the local community.The results of this work have informed the vision, mission and set of corevalues which form the basis of the organisation’s strategic plan for thenext five years.This strategy then formed the basis of a five year business plan. 6
    • Vision, Values and MissionOur vision is a society in which all people – regardless of impairment -are valued, live full family, social and economic lives and can accessand actively take part in their local communities.Our Core Valuesa) Equal Opportunities, Diversity and Social JusticeDisability Equality (nw) is committed to embracing diversity andpromoting equality of opportunity. We will not tolerate discrimination ongrounds of gender, gender identity, marital status, sexual orientation,race, nationality, religion, age, impairment, HIV status, working pattern,caring responsibilities, trade union activity or political beliefs – or anyother grounds. We are determined to ensure that: • we treat all individuals fairly, with dignity and respect; • we accept people for who they are; • the opportunities we provide are open to all; • we provide a safe, supportive and welcoming environment; • we promote and campaign for social justice.b) The Social Model of DisabilityDisability Equality (nw) actively promotes the Social Model of Disability ineverything it does. This defines impairment and disability as follows: Impairment is the loss or limitation of physical, mental or sensory function on a long-term or permanent basis. Disability is the loss or limitation of opportunities to take part in the normal life of the community on an equal level with others due to physical and social barriers.Therefore disability is not a medical problem but rather a social issue -the result of society being organised to meet the needs of the majority ofpeople who do not have significant impairments. It is a type ofoppression, similar to sexism and racism. 7
    • c) The Principles of Independent LivingDisability Equality (nw) interprets “independence” as disabled peoplehaving control over how support is provided, who provides it and when.This means having the same choice, control and freedom as othercitizens in all areas of life.Disabled people’s organisations have identified twelve basic rightswhich, if met, would enable disabled people to live independently and befully included. These are: • Full access to our environment. • A fully accessible transport system. • Technical aids – equipment • Accessible/adapted housing • Personal assistance • Inclusive education and training • An adequate income • Equal opportunities for employment • Appropriate and accessible information • Advocacy (towards self-advocacy) • Peer support • Appropriate and accessible heath care provisiond) The Importance of Volunteering and Peer SupportDisability Equality (nw) is dedicated to providing volunteering and peersupport opportunities for disabled people. In doing so, we recognise thatthe people who know best the needs of disabled people and how tomeet those needs are disabled people themselves. Therefore part ofour role must be to ensure that local disabled people have a voice andare listened to.e) The Role of Young Disabled PeopleDisability Equality (nw) is committed to working with young disabledpeople and including them in all aspects of its work. We recognise thatyoung disabled people have a unique voice, often having had differentexperiences. We also recognise that young disabled people are vital tothe future of our organisation.f) Person-Centred ApproachDisability Equality (nw) is dedicated to a person-centred approach todelivering services and support. This means that the needs and wishes 8
    • of the individual are prioritised and met. All of our services and support isunderpinned by the principles of the Social Model of Disability.Our MissionOur organisation’s mission is to promote the removal of disablingbarriers from society and further the human and civil rights of disabledpeople.This mission has been translated into 4 strategic aims:Aim 1: To support individual disabled people to achieve independent living.Activities and indicators we will use: i. Develop accessible publicity materials in order to inform more local disabled people about independent living and their rights. ii. Develop and expand the information and advice service to cover each of the 12 basic rights for independent living.iii. Develop an independent, one-to-one support/advocacy service around all of the different aspects of independent living open to all disabled people.iv. Develop a holistic, independent support planning and brokerage service to support disabled people to access a wide range of support from different funders. This service could be paid for by individuals out of their personal budgets; however some development funding may be necessary. v. Work to ensure that young disabled people are included in all areas of DENW’s activities, including supporting young disabled people during ‘transition’ to achieve independent living. 9
    • Aim 2: To facilitate volunteering and peer support opportunities for individual disabled people.Activities and indicators we will use: i. Explore the potential of moving to a more prominent, accessible, high quality base through identifying a possible building, considering ownership versus renting (including potential asset transfer) and identifying potential funding sources (including renovation and/or purchase of a building). ii. Explore the potential for a trading arm / social enterprise, particularly a self-sustaining community café to provide local disabled people with a place for to meet and socialise plus peer support and volunteering opportunities.iii. Further develop our buddy scheme to support local disabled people around the 12 basic rights of independent living.iv. Further develop our range of peer support groups for local disabled people, exploring the potential for a disabled parents’ group, a campaigning group, a young disabled people’s group and the current disabled people’s group organising activities and events. 10
    • Aim 3: To influence the local community, services and other organisations to remove barriers for disabled people.Activities and indicators we will use: i. Identify areas of social injustice and gaps in current provision. ii. Develop and consult on a set of position statements which clearly set out the stance taken by the organisation on key issues affecting local disabled people.iii. Recruit and train a number of disabled people to attend strategic boards and partnerships and influence decision making.iv. Continuously update and develop our disability equality training with a view to training local employers, public bodies and other organisations. v. Campaign on issues identified by the membership which adversely affect local disabled people.vi. Continue and further develop the regional and national strategic / policy / rights work to better inform our campaigns and decision makers. 11
    • Aim 4: To continually work to embed good practice in the organisation through further developing excellent governance, robust management and a strong commitment to equality of opportunities.Activities and indicators we will use: i. The skills base of the board should be reviewed, developed and extended where necessary. ii. Ensure the board and staff team take account of the views and needs of diverse groups.iii. Equality Impact Assessments should be carried out on all of the organisation’s activities.iv. Equality champions from the board and the staff team should be identified, trained and supported. v. An equality and diversity group should be established within the membership / volunteers.vi. There should be transparent and honest reporting to its membership about the organisation’s activities.vii. Work to create more employment opportunities for disabled people within the organisation, exploring flexible working arrangements such as flexitime, working from home and sessional work. 12
    • ActivitiesCurrently DENW provides a range of independent living and rights-based support to individual disabled people and organisations: • Advice, information and client liaison • Support Groups • Volunteer Bureau/buddy scheme • Peer support • Strategic / Policy work • 3rd party hate crime reporting centre • Disability Equality Training • Representation on various statutory decision-making boards and panels.Proposed additional activities to be developed over the 5 years: • An independent advocacy service • A support planning and brokerage service • A community café • Move to new premises 13
    • Marketinga) Our customers are: • Mainly disabled people living in Lancashire and the surrounding area. • Also disabled people in the North West, although they may not be able to access some of the services due to funding restrictions. • Family carers? • Local organisations. • National organisations and Government departments (to support disabled people in the North West). • Some disabled people who may not necessarily think of themselves as disabled. • Disabled offenders.b) The benefits of coming to DENW are: • Information, advice and help around applying for / keeping state benefits and other entitlements. • Peer support from people in similar situations • Opportunities to socialise and make new friends • Opportunities to acquire new skills through volunteering and training • Opportunities to report instances of hate crime in a supportive environment • Opportunities to campaign and feel like you are making a difference 14
    • • Independent advocacy to help sort out a particular problem • Support with independent living • Support with personal budgets • Up to date information on Disability and Human Rights Legislation • Support to challenge discrimination and bad practicec) The key messages we need to give customers are: • Disabled people are best at helping other disabled people to live independently • Volunteering enables you to learn new skills • DENW can help sort out problems with state benefits and give advice about independent living. • People are disabled by barriers created by our society. • Independent living means having choice and control over your life. • Nothing about us, without usd) The ways in which we will get these messages across are: • Face-to-face communication with customers • Over the phone • Regular newsletters (both paper and electronic) • Website • Social media – Facebook and Twitter • Banner outside the premises • Information leaflets 15
    • • Local press• Word of mouth/peer support through our staff, volunteers and Trustees 16
    • Risk AssessmentDescription Probability Mitigation RecoveryCan’t raise Medium Apply to a diverse range of funders Explore rental options –enough funding look for more suitableto purchase new premises to rent.buildingCore funding is Medium Continue to develop relationship with local Downsize.reduced by local authority and provide support (i.e. co-authority production, EIAs, etc) Explore funding opportunities with GP Diversify funders so that the organisation is Commissioning Clusters not too reliant on one funder. and other funders.Board lack the Medium Advertise and headhunt new board members. Continue to advertise forskills and the Audit skills and put training in place. and headhunt new boardexperience to members.oversee andmanageorganisationaldevelopment 17
    • Funding for Medium Develop good relationships and identify Temporarily close theseexisting services possible alternative funders. services whilst alternativecannot be funding is identified.renewedCan’t identify Low Approach local authority and other local Continue to look forsuitable organisations for possible premises suitable premises.premisesChief executive Low Strengthen board. Head-hunt new chief execleaves postCafé doesn’t Medium-High Robust business plan and income / outgoings Revise income / outgoingsgenerate projections. projections.enough incometo self-sustain Explore funding around volunteering and Research what customers employment opportunities in the café. like / dislike. Advertise the café.Development Medium Revise plan accordingly Revise plan accordinglyhappens at aslower pace 18
    • Potential Sources of FundingFunder Amount Deadlines Project / Notes Area of workBig Lottery – £100k - On-going New building / Every project must:Reaching £500k community • Respond to needCommunities for large café • Involve people who will benefit from the project inbuildings capital planning and running it projects • Achieve one or more of the following: 1. People having better chances in life, with better access to training and development to improve their life skills 2. Stronger communities, with more active citizens working together to tackle their problems 3. Improved rural and urban environments, which communities are better able to access and enjoy 4. Healthier and more active people and communities. DENW is situated in a geographical area which is eligible. http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/prog_reaching_communiti esHenry Smith Recent On-going New building / Will fund both purchase and renovation of a building.Charity – grants community http://www.henrysmithcharity.org.uk/capital.htmlCapital Grant up to café £250k 19
    • Henry Smith £10k On-going Advocacy Core work or project workCharity – p.a. up or http://www.henrysmithcharity.org.uk/main-grants-Revenue to 3 brokerage programme.htmlGrant years projectAwards for All Up to On-going Training for Must meet one or more of the following outcomes: £10k DENW reps / Produce ■People have better chances in life - with better access to accessible training and development to improve their life skills. info on IL? ■Stronger communities - with more active citizens working together to tackle their problems. ■Improved rural and urban environments - which communities are better able to access and enjoy. ■Healthier and more active people and communities http://www.awardsforall.org.uk/england/summary.htmlTesco Charity £500- 2 rounds – Training for Funds work with disabled children and adults.Trust £4k March and DENW reps http://www.tescoplc.com/corporate-responsibility/our-Community September / accessible community-promises/actively-supporting-local-Awards info on IL? communities/tesco-charity-trust/Lloyds TSB No max On-going Advocacy Their Community programme focuses on funding coreFoundation service / work that helps disadvantaged people to play a fuller role brokerage / in the community. They are particularly interested in: DENW reps • Improved social and community involvement / core • Improved life choices and chances • Helping people to be heard http://www.lloydstsbfoundations.org.uk 20
    • Esmee Average On-going Brokerage Funds work that is “enabling disadvantaged people toFairburn 2010 service participate fully in society”. Prioritises work that:Foundation grant • Addresses a significant gap in provision(main grant) was • Develops or strengthens good practice £79k • Challenges convention or takes a risk in order to address a difficult issue • Tests out new ideas or practices • Takes an enterprising approach to achieving its aims • Sets out to influence policy or change behaviour more widely. Maybe the innovative aspect of the brokerage project would interest them? Worth doing the 1st stage form. http://www.esmeefairbairn.org.ukThe Platinum No info No info Advocacy / No website and very little info available.Trust brokerage Specifically set up to fund orgs working with disabled people. A number of DPOs have had funding in the past. Address: Sedley Richard Laurence Voulters 89 New Bond Street London W1S 1DA Tel: 0207 079 8814 21
    • Joseph No limit Quarterly – Campaigns Fund political campaigns in the UK to promote democraticRowntree but see website group – reform, civil liberties and social justice.Reform Trust would possibly a try for campaign Historically haven’t funded DPOs but don’t see why not – under on care need to frame in terms of social justice. £5k eligibility http://www.jrrt.org.ukTudor Trust Recent Anytime – Young “…particularly want to help smaller, community-led st grants send 1 people’s organisations which work directly with people who are at up to stage group / the margins of society: organisations which support £120k proposal outreach positive changes in people’s lives and in their with Young communities.” People Core and project funding up to 3 years max. Not much disability work funded, but lots of youth work and some work around advocacy and community care. http://tudortrust.org.ukThe Co- Up to Anytime Training for To be successful, a group must:operative £2k DENW reps • Carry out positive work in the communityMembership / accessible and a project must:Community info on IL? / • address a community issueFund campaigns • provide a good long-term benefit to the community or other • support co-operative values and principles groups • ideally be innovative in its approach. 22
    • Health and Up to Must Joint Projects can apply for up to £200,000 per annum for aSocial Care £200k register project maximum of 3 years to support four key priority areasVolunteering per year before 21 including:Fund for 3 December • Personalisation and choice of care and supportNational years 2011 • Delivering better health and care outcomesGrant • Improving public healthScheme 2012 First stage • Improving health and social care. applications : 7th Would need to identify other partners. November- 18 January To be able to apply projects must decide which Strategic 12. Health Authority Cluster (SHA Cluster) they wish to deliver in and decide how the project will run in at least four Second delivery locations which are in different Local Authorities stage across in their chosen SHA Cluster. applications : http://www.volunteeringfund.com/news/health-and-social- 12 March care-volunteering-fund-national-grant-scheme-2012-and- 2012 - 16 partner-search-portal-o April 2012Cash for Kids No limit First Young Funding specifically for work with young disabled people in- Lancashire Monday in people’s Lancashire – looks quite patronising though! April and group / http://www.rockfm.co.uk/charity/ October outreach each year. with YPCumberland Up to Anytime Young Fund self-help groups working with young people and 23
    • Building £1k per people’s disabled people. Preston is an eligible area.Society year up group /Charitable to 3 other http://www.cumberland.co.uk/about/community/charitable-Foundation years groups foundation/introductionGrantLocal Varied Currently Work that Funding from Lancashire County Council:Initiatives closed - will fits with theFund open soon county http://www3.lancashire.gov.uk/corporate/web/view.asp? council’s siteid=3851&pageid=24200&e=e key objectives.Central Varied Currently Work that Funding from Lancashire County Council:Gateway closed - will fits with theGrants open soon county http://www3.lancashire.gov.uk/corporate/web/view.asp? council’s siteid=3851&pageid=24200&e=e key objectives.Carers Grant £2k- Deadline Information Funding from Lancashire County Council: £15k 20 January. and advice service for http://www3.lancashire.gov.uk/corporate/web/view.asp? family siteid=3851&pageid=24200&e=e carers?The Oglesby £5k- Anytime Training for Keen on “Improving the life chances of the underprivileged,Charitable £20k DENW reps particularly through encouragement of self-help.” Also keenTrust / vols on work based in the north-west. http://www.oglesbycharitabletrust.co.uk/Westminster £1k- Quarterly – Advocacy Key funding categories include social care – need to focusFoundation £25k deadline for service / bid towards this. Lancashire is an eligible area. 24
    • submission brokerage /s for 2012 DENW reps http://www.grosvenorestate.com/Charity/The+Westminsterare: 5 / core +Foundation.htmJanuary, 26April and 4September 25
    • Action plan Strategic Aim 1: To support individual disabled people to achieve independent living. What needs to be Why it needs Resources How it is to be done Lead person When done to be done required and others by? involved1.1 Develop accessible To better Funding, Identify and apply for Mel Close & Apr 12 publicity materials in inform local Information, funding for accessible Mark Buckley order to inform more disabled people Service publicity material on local disabled people of their rights Manager’s rights and independent about independent living time living and their rights. Consult members to Mark Buckley Oct 12 identify key areas and formats to be covered by IL accessible publicity material Produce IL accessible Mark Buckley Apr 13 publicity material Widely distribute IL Mark Buckley Oct 13 accessible publicity material1.2 Develop and expand the To enable Service Develop a database Mark Buckley Dec 12 information and advice DENW to better Manager’s based on the IL service to cover each of signpost users time mapping done as part of the 12 basic rights for to existing the consultation 26
    • independent living. support exercise. available Train volunteer info and Mark Buckley Dec 13 advice workers on how to access the database.1.3 Develop an To enable local Chief • Identify and Mel Close Oct 13 independent, one-to-one disabled people Exec’s and secure funding support/advocacy/client to access board’s • Provide evidence Mark Buckley Oct 13 liason service around all advocacy time of the different aspects support around of independent living any aspect of Funding open to all disabled their lives. people. Set up a recruitment Mel Close, Dec 13 panel. Draw up job board description and person members specification for Support Broker, advertise, interview and appoint. Establish project – write Advocacy Apr 14 policies. Service Manager Joe Cobb Recruit and train Advocacy Nov 14 volunteer advocates. Service 27
    • Manager Advertise advocacy Advocacy Jan 15 service to attract new Service clients. Manager1.4 Develop a holistic, To enable local Chief Identify and secure Mel Close Oct 13 independent support disabled people Exec’s and initial development planning and brokerage to access board’s funding (for one year?) service to support independent time disabled people to brokerage access a wide range of Funding Evidence of need Mark Buckley Oct 13 support from different funders. Establish project – write Support Apr 14 policies. Broker Advertise brokerage and Support May 14 support planning service Broker to attract new clients. Evaluate whether Mel Close, Mar 15 service can continue Support funded by individuals. Broker1.5 Work to ensure that To reach out to Staff time, Secure funding Mel Close Mar 15 young disabled people the next meeting Establish a need for a Helen are included at every generation of space young people’s Jenkins level/service DENW group/forum members 28
    • Project staff Ensure that meetings Project staff Apr 12 and events are at times when young people can access them and have a suitable format Outreach work in local Project staff On-going special schools? and volunteersIncrease the numbers of To better Staff time Referral process, Helen July 13disabled people inform DP and Publicity, Mapping of Jenkinsaccessing existing Sport address current activities.& leisure activities. lack of knowledge around available activities 29
    • Strategic Aim 2: To facilitate volunteering and peer support opportunities for individual disabled people. What needs to be Why it needs Resources How it is to be done Lead When done to be done required person by? and others involved2.1 Explore the potential of To find more Chief Approach local authority to Mel Close Jan2.2 moving to a more suitable Executive’s identify potential premises - ‘12 prominent, accessible, premises so time, explore potential asset high quality base and a that DENW can Trustees transfer / sources of funding. self-sustaining expand Premises community café sub-group, board, funding Identify partner Mel Close Mar organisations (n.b. Big ‘12 Lottery will want the building used by ) Evidence of need and All staff potential use Prepare and submit a short Mel Close, Apr outline proposal to the Big premises ‘12 Lottery – Reaching sub-group Communities buildings fund Get result of initial proposal May ‘12 30
    • If successful, prepare and Mel Close, Aug submit stage 2 application premises ‘12 form to the Big Lottery sub-group Get result of stage 2 Dec application ‘12 If successful, engage Consultant Dec external consultant to ‘12 produce: • project business plan Mel Close • capital project delivery Trustees plan • evidence that your project All staff has completed RIBA work stage E. Prepare and submit stage 3 Mel Close, Jun application form to the Big premises ‘13 Lottery sub-group Get result of stage 3 Sep application ‘12 Building work commences All staff Oct ‘12 Recruit staff Mel Close Jan Trustees ‘13 Building work finishes and All staff, Apr DENW moves to new Trustees, ‘13 premises volunteers2.3 Further develop our To support Evidence of need Joe Cobb 31
    • buddy scheme local disabled people around Apply for funding Mel Close the 12 basic rights of independent living.2.4 Further develop the To enable a Staff time, Support the current disabled Mel Close Apr peer support groups wider range of meeting people’s network and Suzie ‘12 local disabled space Chorley & S Ribble forum Jones people support with organising activities and Sessional one another events. staff Explore interest for setting Volunteer Oct up a disabled parents’ group Co- ‘12 and arrange a meeting. ordinator?2.5 Further develop work in To improve Staff time, Planning meeting with Suzie Sept Chorley and South services and meeting forum, increase Jones 12. Ribble support for DP space, membership, secure in CSR. access funding. costs. 32
    • Strategic Aim 3: To influence the local community, services and other organisations to remove barriers for disabled people. What needs to be Why it needs Resources How it is to be done Lead person When done to be done required and others involved3.1 Identify areas of social To monitor Staff time Set up system to Mark Buckley Jan 12 injustice and gaps in areas of work monitor the issues that Helen Jenkins, current provision. that DENW people come to the Joe Cobb needs to information and advice Suzie Jones address. service with. Mel Close Every 6 months produce Mark Buckley Jun 12 a report identifying onwards current trends in cases.3.2 Develop and consult on To ensure that Staff time, Identify topics that need Board and Mel Jun 12 a set of position DENW puts meeting to be covered (also Close statements which across a venue using the trends Liz Tye clearly set out the consistent identified by monitoring) stance taken by the message organisation on key issues affecting local disabled people. Write the position Board, Mel statements Close and Liz Tye. Hold an event to consult Board, Mel Sep 12 33
    • with the wider Close, Liz Tye membership3.3 Recruit and train a To ensure that Staff time, Identify a group of Joe Cobb Dec ‘11 number of disabled DENW’s training people to be reps people to attend representatives venue, strategic boards and put across a training partnerships and consistent resources influence decision message making. Identify funder and Joe Cobb Jan ‘12 submit small bid for reps’ training? Deliver training to Joe Cobb, Apr ‘12 DENW reps volunteers Reps take up positions DENW Jun ‘12 on local committees reps/volunteers3.4 Continuously update To keep DET Staff and Annual review of training Mark Buckley Apr ‘12 and develop our up-to-date trainers material + DENW Apr ‘13 disability equality time trainers Apr ‘14 training with a view to Apr ‘15 training local employers, public bodies and other organisations.3.5 Campaign on issues To influence Staff and Explore interest Mel Close and Dec ‘11 identified by the and change volunteers amongst the Board membership which society time membership for a adversely affect local campaigns group. disabled people. 34
    • Arrange a series of Joe Cobb Jan ‘12 meeting dates and a venue for the campaigns group.3.6 Continue and further To better inform Staff and Continue to engage with Mel Close On- develop the regional our campaigns board time regional and national going and national strategic / and decision networks policy / rights work. makers. 35
    • Strategic Aim 4: To continually work to embed good practice in the organisation through further developing excellent governance, robust management and a strong commitment to equality of opportunities. What needs to be done Why it needs Resources How it is to be done Lead person When to be done required and others involved4.1 The skills base of the To ensure Board and Conduct a skills audit Chair plus Jan 12 board should be DENW has a staff time of the current board board reviewed, developed board with the to identify gaps and extended where necessary skills necessary. to take the organisation forward Advertise for new Chair Feb board members Secretary 12 (think about area – Liz Tye Preston, Lancs or even North West?) Identify potential new Joe Cobb Mar board members with Liz Tye 12 the missing skills Induction and training Current board Apr 12 for new board plus DENW members trainers Welcome and Liz Tye Apr 12 Information Pack for 36
    • new members4.2 Ensure the board and This would be staff team take achieved through account of the views actions 4.3 to 4.5 and needs of diverse groups4.3 Equality Impact To ensure that Staff time Design an equality Mel Close Jan 12 Assessments should all of DENWs impact assessment be carried out on all activities do not template of the organisation’s negatively activities. impact upon any of the groups covered by the equality act 2010 Ensure that all of Mark Buckley, Mar DENW’s existing Joe Cobb, 12 services and Helen activities are Jenkins, Liz assessed Tye, Suzie Jones plus equality and diversity sub- group Take corrective Mark Buckley, Apr 12 action to address Joe Cobb, inequalities identified Helen by the assessments Jenkins, 37
    • Suzie Jones, Liz Tye. plus equality and diversity sub- group Conduct assessment All staff plus On- s for all new activities equality and going and services diversity sub- group4.4 Equality champions To act as Staff time Identify one staff Staff and May from the board and leaders for member and one board 12 the staff team should diversity and board member to be be identified, trained equality, acting equality champions and supported. as role models, taking actions when appropriate and addressing behaviours when necessary Identify specific Equality Apr 12 training for the champions equality champions4.5 An equality and To take Staff time, Identify members for Equality Oct12 diversity sub-group responsibility volunteers the sub-group (the champions, should be established for monitoring and equality champions staff, within the equality impact members will co-chair the volunteers, 38
    • membership / assessments time group) members volunteers. and ensuring that they are acted upon Quarterly meetings Equality On- champions, going staff, volunteers, members4.6 There should be To keep the Board Identify a board Secretary Jan12 transparent and membership member’s member who will take on- honest reporting to its informed and time responsibility for going membership about involved writing regular the organisation’s updates on DENW’s activities. activities and board decisions for DENW’s website and newsletter.4.7 Work to create more To make it Staff time Identify board and Board Apr 12 employment easier for staff members for a MC opportunities for disabled people HR sub-group disabled people within to work for the organisation. DENW Develop policies on Board Apr 13 access to work, MC reasonable adjustments in the 39
    • workplace, flexitime,working from homeand sessional work 40