ULOs: 2010 and beyond conference -- Southampton CIL and sustainability


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On 12 March 2010, the Department of Health hosted a conference on User-Led Organisations, called "ULOs: 2010 and beyond".

In this presentation, Ian Loynes shared the experiences of Southampton CIL in becoming a sustainable ULO.

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ULOs: 2010 and beyond conference -- Southampton CIL and sustainability

  1. 1. Ian Loynes Chief Executive, SCIL Building Capacity & Sustainability for User-Led Organisations SCIL: Celebrating 25 Years 1984-2009 Promoting equality across the South Southampton Centre for Independent Living
  2. 2. SCIL Income 2009-10 (Approx)
  3. 3. Building sustainable ULO’s <ul><li>SCIL’s experiences show that the important aspects to creating and sustaining successful ULO’s are: </li></ul><ul><li>WHY users should control their support organisations; and </li></ul><ul><li>HOW to ensure these organisations are modeled on existing CIL’s </li></ul><ul><li>(i.e. working to the Social Model of Disability, Peer-support and the principles of Independent Living) </li></ul><ul><li>What motivates Disabled People to want to set up a ULO </li></ul><ul><li>Common: interests, values, beliefs. </li></ul><ul><li>Agents for social change (Campaigning!) </li></ul><ul><li>Not Just a provider of services, just another business/charity </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainability is as much about the empowerment of individuals as it is about resources </li></ul>
  4. 4. SCIL’s Range of Enabling Services <ul><li>Supporting Disabled People’s empowerment: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>• Peer based Support Advice & Brokerage on SDS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PA Registers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Continuing Care ‘SDS’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>• Peer Advocacy & Peer Mentoring </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>• Personal Development & Participation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Promoting Disability Equality: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>• Training & Consultancy: Public Bodies & Business </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>• Consumer & Access Audits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>• Practice Learning Opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consultation – Expert Practice Provision </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Recent example: Personalisation Expert Panel – useful to LA’s when DP’s empowered and well informed </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Importantly: SCIL champions Disabled People’s rights, represents progressive social policy views </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>SCIL Successes : </li></ul><ul><li>Developed best Direct Payments schemes in UK </li></ul><ul><li>Most pro-active CIL in UK </li></ul><ul><li>Respected by Disabled People and Government </li></ul><ul><li>By maintaining clear aims, values, quality </li></ul><ul><li>Only Disabled People control our agenda </li></ul><ul><li>Clear vision </li></ul><ul><li>Pragmatic: We say what is wrong; but will work with those committed to improvements </li></ul><ul><li>Financial accountability: Projects meet Core Costs </li></ul><ul><li>Strong focus on income generation </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Development and Empowerment work is critical in feeding our sustainability: Obvious funding opportunity </li></ul><ul><li>Have little difficulty recruiting Disabled staff </li></ul><ul><li>Disabled People drive our constant innovation </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Local Authorities cannot implement their Personalisation Agenda or their equality duties without effective ULO’s </li></ul><ul><li>Accountability to local Disabled People </li></ul><ul><li>Keepers of Independent Living & Social Model Faith </li></ul><ul><li>ULO’s at the forefront of every progressive social policy advance in last 25 yrs </li></ul><ul><li>ULO’s have a critical role in enabling users to have an empowered voice – no-one else should speak for us </li></ul><ul><li>ULO’s Must be Campaigners (not just service providers) </li></ul><ul><li>ULO’s Must challenge policies (Local & National) which limit the inclusion of Disabled People </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>But how can ULO’s sustain themselves? </li></ul><ul><li>Successful organisations are successful because they are different – high values and high principles WILL show through </li></ul><ul><li>Must be more business like – what we have is valuable and unique, sell it (social enterprises) </li></ul><ul><li>Must be enabled to provide a range of services that generate income </li></ul><ul><li>Must be creative about minimising expenditure </li></ul><ul><li>Must work to empower Disabled People to develop their skills within ULO’s rather than expect them to just appear </li></ul><ul><li>Become “Critical Friends” to Public Bodies </li></ul><ul><li>Thinking “Outside of the Box”…. </li></ul>
  8. 9. Thank You! Ian Loynes [email_address] Tel: 023 8033 0982 www.SouthamptonCIL.co.uk Presentation © SCIL 2010