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Financial Support for DPOs

Wealden, Invisible Illness, Self Health, Employment and Empowerment Support (WIISHES)

WIISHES supports people with invisible impairments by bringing them together for peer empathy to learn more about their conditions and effective ways of managing symptoms so that they can enjoy more in life.  They particularly reach out to those at time of diagnosis when there is anxiety and fear and those in isolation.

WIISHES received a grant of £500 to help with the costs of keeping in contact with their members and running their Creative-ability craft workshops, which always included a healthy eating lunch.


Parability was launched in 2013 and began as an internet group.  It was launched in response to a growing need for an activity and social group for disabled people in the Basingstoke area.

Parability received a grant of £500 to pay for expenses related to running an activity and social group for members in the Basingstoke area.

Disabled People's Voice Hampshire (DPVH)

DPVH is an umbrella organisation gbringing together Disabled People's User-Led Organisations across Hampshire to give a stronger voice and covers all impairments.e

DPVH received a grant of £500 to pay for venue hire and expenses of Management Committee members in order for them to meet together regularly.

West Berkshire Independent Living Network (WBILN)

WBILN received a grant to help towards the cost of purchasing two tablet computers to enable disabled staff and volunteers to assist with carrying out interviews with members about their needs, to enable the organisation to be more in touch with their client base.

Winchester Area Access for All (WAAFA)

WAAFA received a grant to cover the cost of design and production of badges and certificates to award to Winchester businesses to recognise and encourage good practice in accessibility.

Deaf Cultural Outreach Group (DeafCOG)

DeafCOG received a grant to contribute towards the cost of communication support for deaf people receiving training to become Personal ASsistants and / or advocates for deaf people with other social care needs.  These people will be part of the East Sussex County Council Support with Confidence scheme and will also advertise their services on the DeafPro Sussex website.

The DeafPro Sussex website was developed in order to advertise communication accessible businesses  and services, and to enable deaf people to seek services accessible to them.

Centre for Independent Living Kent (CiLK)

CiLK received a grant to pay for refreshments and hire of microphones adt their Information and Engagement Day held on 27 March 2014.  Theresa Hodge, SENDPO's Policy and Development Officer, and Gerry Zarb, Spectrum Centre for Independent Living's Business Development Manager, both spoke at the event.

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