Webinar - Strengthening disabled people's user-led organisations

Join us for a free webinar on 16 February 2012 at 10am to 10.45am

Presented by Rich Watts
National Lead, Strengthening DPULOs Programme & Director of Essex Coalition of Disabled People (ecdp)

Space for this online event is limited and is available for Stay Connected members on a first-come-first served basis. However access is available as part of a free trial of the network.

Disabled people's user-led organisations (DPULOs) can and do play a unique role in both representing the voice of disabled people and in delivering public services, particularly in social care.

In this session, Rich Watts will provide an overview of the work that DPULOs do and will share evidence and best practice from DPULOs across the country and the difference they're making. He will also share information about the Office for Disability Issues' Strengthening DPULOs programme that promotes the sustainability of DPULOs.

Before joining the webinar, you can find information about the Strengthening DPULOs Programme on the ODI website or Facebook.

The webinar will include:

  • Defining what a DPULO is
  • A history of DPULOs and relevant government policy
  • Reflections on DPULOs from 2005-2010
  • Current challenges for DPULOs
  • Current opportunities for DPULOs
  • DPULOs making a difference - the evidence
  • About the ODI's Strengthening DPULOs Programme
  • Ambassadors
  • Experts
  • Facilitation Fund
  • Questions

About Rich Watts
Rich is National Lead at the Office for Disability Issues for the Strengthening Disabled People's User Led Organisation programme. He took up the role in July 2011 as a secondment from his role as Director of Essex Coalition of Disabled People (ECDP).

Rich joined ECDP, a user-led organisation (ULO) based in Essex, as a director in November 2007 and is responsible for the day-to-day delivery of ECDP's activities. His previous roles have included strategy, policy and planning roles at the Disability Human Rights Commission and the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and in Community Development in local government.

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Last Updated : 17 February 2012. Page Author: Laura Bimpson.