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Disability Action Alliance News

The Office for Disability Issues (ODI) is providing a 1 year grant to fund the next stage of the development of the Disability Action Alliance (DAA) and its long-term strategy. The strategy will both focus on ensuring the long-term sustainability of the DAA and build on natural evolutions in the way that members are engaging with each other.

ULO Grant Funding From Skills for Care

Subject to confirmation of funding from the Dept of Health, Skills for Care is making user led organisation (ULO) grant funding available again for 2016-17.

The grant is available to deliver training or organise, purchase and support training, for people who employ their own care and support staff (individual employers).

Applying for a Blue Badge

Trading Standards are would like to bring the public’s attention to websites offering Blue Badge parking applications online, and charging a fee of £49.  The websites are not affiliated or associated with any local council, or any other official body or organisation. 

It is not obvious from entering the websites that they are not official, or that an application fee is charged.  However, the information is contained in the terms and conditions, and it is recommended that these are looked at before deciding whether to use the sites.

Workplace Pension Seminars

Calling all employers of Personal Care Assistants, organisations that support them and relevant staff from Local Authorities and Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Don't ignore the Workplace Pension.

The law on workplace pensions has changed. Under the Pensions Act 2008, every employer in the UK must put certain staff into a pension scheme and contribute towards it. This is called auto enrolment. It applies to all employers including employers of personal assistants.

Conference Organised by English Federation of Disability Sport and Disability Action Alliance

The Disability Action Alliance (DAA) and English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) have worked together to organise a free half-day conference in London. This is an opportunity for Disabled People's User-led Organisations and DAA members to hear from speakers in Government, sport and disability rights. The event will allow people to discuss and learn about supporting more disabled people to be active for life.

Lush Charity Pot Funding

Financial assistance is available to small grassroots organisations working in conservation and animal and human rights in the UK and overseas.

The Lush Charity Pot Funding is provided and administered by Lush and is for non-direct action groups and small charities all across the UK and overseas.

The Lush Charity Pot funding is intended to support groups working in the following areas:


People's Health Trust Active Communities Fund

Local groups with great ideas to improve their communities will be invited to turn ideas into reality with help from People’s Health Trust.

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, seeking £5,000 to £50,000 for projects lasting up to two years.

Skills for Care Funding for Training in Support of Personal Health Budgets

Personal Health Budget (PHB) holders employing a personal assistant (PA) can apply now for individual employer funding from Skills for Care to cover the full cost of care related training for both themselves and their PA(s):

How Can SENDPO Best Support Disabled People's Organisations Across the South-East?

SENDPO was set up in 2011 by a number of established DPOs in the South-East region to improve communications and build capacity between those user-led organisations which are specifically run and controlled by disabled people. 

SENDPO's Latest Members Meeting


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