Strengthening Disabled People's User-Led Organisations Programme
On 20 July 2011 the Office for Disability Issues (ODI) launched the Strengthening Disabled People’s User-Led Organisations (DPULOs) Programme.
The programme is a £3 million investment over four years that will aim to promote growth and improve the sustainability of DPULOs.
On launching the Strengthening DPULOs Programme, the then Minister for Disabled People, Maria Miller MP, said:
“Disabled people should have choice and independence in how they live their lives. Organisations run by, and for, disabled people play a vital role in making sure they have their voices heard at every level.”
All the information you will need to find out more about the Strengthening DPULOs Programme and how to apply to the Facilitation Fund can be found on these pages.
You can also find regular updates and resources on the programme’s Facebook page or follow us on Twitter.
- Strengthening DPULOs page on Facebook
- Strengthening DPULOs programme on Twitter – follow the hashtag #dpulo
Latest news on the Disabled People’s User-Led Organisation (DPULO) Programme
News Update November 2013
Facilitation Fund Board
Since the launch of £3M Facilitation Fund in August 2011, over 150 DPULOs have received funding representing an investment in the sector of almost £2.9M.
There will be one more Facilitation Fund Board in 2014 and the deadline for applications is 6th January 2014.
Please do contact your local Ambassador if you're thinking about making an application.
Have you had your say on the legacy of the Strengthening DPULOs Programme?
The Strengthening DPULOs Programme had been running for two and a half years and we have another 18 months left to go. The is gives us a great opportunity to reflect on what we have achieved so far and on what the Programme's legacy will be and plan our work for next year.
What legacy would you like the Programme to leave? There is still time to let us know by using the following link to access our short survey. If you'd like to access the survey in another format, as a Word Document, in Welsh or in Easy Read please email
News Update October 2013
Access to Work Peer Support Projects
In November 2012, the Minister for Disabled People, Esther McVey MP, announced a number of measures to address the Sayce Recommendations to strengthen and improve the Access to Work (AtW) scheme.
Recommendation 2g focussed on the benefits of using peer support to access AtW. Evidence from social care reports already demonstrates disabled people have more choice, control and flexibility over their care and support through peer-led approaches.
To deliver this recommendation the Disabled People’s User Led Organisation (DPULO) programme invited DPULOs to develop innovative one-to-one peer support projects to support disabled people using the Access to Work scheme. DPULOs were asked to incorporate the following in their projects:
Buddying – pairing up individuals with similar impairments/conditions or employment situations who use AtW.
Advice – providing peer support/advice focussed and targeted on specific groups, eg people with learning disabilities or mental health conditions, or young disabled people.
Support – supporting employers and encouraging and up skilling Jobcentre Plus (JCP) advisers to support employers.
Workshops – organising AtW workshops with groups of people in preparation for starting work or long term sick employees returning to work. Workshops would be able to identify what help is available and enable employees to have an opportunity to share learning of what works.
Other forms of peer support – such as one-to-one, on the telephone, or as mentoring in the workplace. Workplace peer support could be used to enable disabled employees to progress in work and more importantly keep the job.
13 DPULOs were successful and have received awards from the Facilitation Fund to deliver a variety of projects for a 12 month period. A list of participating DPULOs, with a brief overview of the projects can be found in the document below:
If you have any questions about the Strengthening DPULOs Programme, please contact your local Ambassador or the Making A Difference team on:
Page last reviewed: 14 November 2013