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SENDPO's Next Conference: Delivering Peer Led Information, Advice and Advocacy Services in Light of the Care Act

This conference will be held on Thursday, 29 October 2015 at Ashburton Hall, Elizabeth Ii Court, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8UJ between 11:00am and 4:00pm.  It is for commissioners who want to commission peer led services from user-led organisations and for user led organisations who want to deliver peer-led information, advice and advocacy services.

DeafCOG Launch Community Connect Project

On Friday 18 November 2016, Deaf Cultural Outreach Group (DeafCOG) launches a Big Lottery funded project that focuses on Combating Loneliness in Older Deaf People, through peer support and IT knowledge development.


DeafCOG will also coordinate and manage other community engagement activities for adults over the next year to shape and improve the health and wellbeing of the Deaf Community in East Sussex.


Workplace Pensions Seminars from Disability Rights UK

Disability Rights UK with support from The Pensions Regulator are putting on a series of seminars

These sessions are free to attend and, in addition to hearing a presentation on automatic enrolment from the regulator, you will have plenty of opportunity to ask The Pensions Regulator questions and talk with other professionals working in the same area.

The events are being held between 1:30pm-3.30pm on:

People's Health Trust

Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to live are invited to apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality.

Active Communities is a funding programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations, with an income of less than £350,000 a year or an average of £350,000 over two years.

We've Got It! Recognising, Understanding and Enhancing Third Sector Resilience

On Wednesday, 6 July 2016, Theresa Hodge, SENDPO's Policy Officer, attended The Big Event, an annual event organised by the three CVS organisations across East Sussex.  Although an East Sussex event, the issues discussed at the event are relevant to DPOs and the wider voluntary sector organisations in other areas.  In the report of the event on the Speakup website (, it says:

Let's Talk About Inclusive Transport

Skills for Care Accolades awards recognises quality individual employers – nominate someone now!

Do you support exceptional individual employers? If so, nominate them for an Accolade.
Skills for Care is looking for individuals who can show an effective approach to developing the skills and knowledge of their personal assistants.
This includes good methods of recruiting, a commitment to learning and development, and great support to help PAs provide good quality care and support.
The Accolades is a great way for individual employers to showcase the great work they do, and show their commitment to their PAs.

Looking for funding? In Wokingham, West Berkshire, Reading, Windsor and Maidenhead, Slough and Bracknell Forest

Peoples Health Trust are looking for you !!!


Local organisations and groups with great ideas to make their communities even better places to live are invited to apply for funding to turn their great ideas into reality.

Active Communities is a funding programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations seeking investment of between £5,000 and £50,000 for projects lasting up to two years. They are looking for small and local projects genuinely designed and run by local people.

The HealthConfirm funding programme is now open in the following areas:

Personal Health Budget holder funding

Until 31st March 2017 , individuals who receive Personal Health Budgets from the NHS to employ a Personal Assistant can apply for funding from Skills for Care.

Skills for Care have produced a guidance document that will explain more about the funding and how to complete the application.

You can find more information at 

Let’s Make it Real for people in supported housing

Supported Housing helps large numbers of people stay independent and active and is therefore an important element to personalised care and support.  A new report by Think Local Act Personal and Sitra , part of homeless Link has been published this week to support this ambition.

Making it real for Housing is aimed at Commissioners and service providers. It offers advice and case study examples drawn from housing organisations which show how they are applying personalised approaches to support design and delivery.



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