Strengthening DPULOs Programme: Ambassador presentation (Sept 2011)

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Some general information about the Strengthening Disabled People's User-Led Organisation Programme, particularly focusing on the role of the 12 Ambassadors, spread across the country.

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  • 12 ambassadors - national lead – Rich Watts who seconded from Essex ecdp – 2/3 days per month
  • Strengthening DPULOs Programme: Ambassador presentation (Sept 2011)

    1. 1. Disabled People’s User-Led Organisation (DPULO) Programme <br />Role of Ambassador<br />
    2. 2. Background<br />Builds on the recommendation made in the ‘Improving Life Chances Report’ that states: Each local authority will have a ULO by 2010.<br />Also result of significant lobbying and work carried out by Disabled People’s User-Led Organisations.<br />Rich Watts is the National Lead seconded from ECDP, based at Office for Disability Issues<br />
    3. 3. Key Ambassador Roles<br />12 Ambassadors across regions – 2 to 3 days each per month<br />Raising awarenessabout the role and potential of User Led Organisations locally and across regions (My region is Berkshire, Hampshire and Sussex).<br />Supporting strengthening workacross regions (See handout for a list of ambassadors and their regions).<br />Delivering the programme- including ‘Facilitation Fund’.<br />
    4. 4. Examples ofRaising awareness about the role and potential of ULO’s nationally and across regions <br />Support with preparation and planning for key meetings.<br />Promoting the role and potential of DPULOs in the wider community through the media and social networking e.g. Press statements, liaising with local media. <br />Raise awareness about the added value and ‘hidden assets’ that DPULOs bring. <br />
    5. 5. Further examples ofRaising awareness work<br />Network and develop strong relationships with commissioners, community partners and agencies to encourage parallel working and shared learning.<br />Promote and strengthen co-productive relationships.<br />Develop strategies and working relationships to target disabled people in disadvantaged and hard to reach communities, including residential homes, criminal justice system and BME communities. <br />
    6. 6. Examples ofSupporting strengthening work<br />“The right information or the right conversation at the right time”<br />Sharing and capturing learning and passing it on<br />Put DPULOs in touch with Experts<br />
    7. 7. Examples ofDelivering the programme – particularly the ‘Facilitation Fund’<br />ODI receives funding applications. <br />Applications must pass Eligibility Criteria<br />Once they do this, they are marked by the Ambassadors at the Facilitation Fund Board meeting, which currently meets every two months. <br />
    8. 8. Facilitation Fund<br />Aims<br />To develop successful, sustainable, strong DPULOs. <br />To provide funding to enable DPULOs to respond to the needs of disabled people, at grass roots level, offering a valuable voice. <br />Funding available<br />Total funding available: £3 million over four years.<br />Any number of applications per DPULO up to total value of £30,000.<br />
    9. 9. Facilitation Fundcontinued ...<br />Applying to the Facilitation Fund<br />Good if DPULOs can demonstrate partnership and collaborative working.<br />Complete ‘Facilitation Fund Application’ form – available on the ODI website: http://odi.dwp.gov.uk/odi-projects/user-led-organisations.php.<br />The ODI may raise clarification questions with DPULOs and/or request additional information of DPULOs.<br />
    10. 10. Facilitation Fundcontinued ...<br />Applications are sent to ODI for a basic check. Compliant applications are then sent Facilitation Fund Board for a final decision. <br /> The Facilitation Fund Board, comprises:<br />the National Lead,<br />the ODI Financial Lead, <br />a minimum of 5 Ambassadors, <br />a representative from the ODI and<br />a note taker from the DPULO programme team.<br />
    11. 11. Summary<br />Raising awareness about the role and potential of Disabled People’s User-Led Organisations locally, across regions and nationally.<br />Building the strength of DPULOsboth locally and regionally.<br />Delivering the programme– including the ‘Facilitation Fund’.<br />
    12. 12. And finally...<br />Experts - ODI have now opened the recruitment for “Volunteer Experts” who have specific skills required to run a successful organisation. For example, HR, financial management, and business planning skills are needed to help, not only with small one-off matters, but also to share their knowledge and experience in order to help sustain the running of a DPULO.<br />For more information please contact: odi.businessperformance@dwp.gsi.gov.uk<br />

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