Disabled people and their organisations have been severely hit by austerity measures and the award will provide extra capacity to enable these organisations to deal with growing demand for their services. The initiative will also provide DDPOs with capacity building support to enhance the quality of their services, build institutional strength and provide better evidence to campaign for change.
Trust for London is proud that the initiative, its giving criteria and the funding decisions were informed by a panel of Deaf and Disabled people. Within the spirit of “nothing about us, without us’' the initiative has recruited advisors who identify as Disabled and have experience as disability rights activists, to a Grants Advisory Panel (GAP) to advise the programmatic approach and grants allocation.
The total awarded is £1.3m (£1m from Trust for London and £300,000 from the City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, City Bridge Trust). The seven DDPOs will together receive £1.07m, whilst £225,000 has been allocated to the capacity building programme and an evaluation of this initiative.
Action Disability Kensington and Chelsea
£111,750 over three years for a part-time Disability Specialist Legal Advice Worker specialising in Welfare Benefits and general Advice with Casework in discrimination
Disability Advice Service Lambeth (DASL)
£169,000 over three years towards salary/running costs of a Senior Advice Worker with hours recruitment of 4 additional volunteer benefit advisers, and management costs to ensure service quality
Enfield Disability Action
£180,000 over three years for an accessible advice and advocacy service for Deaf and Disabled people in Enfield. The service will deliver advice and advocacy on welfare rights, housing, health, social care and human rights issues.
Inclusion Barnet (IB)
£174,660 over three years to place for full-time Welfare Advisor within Ito join a new information navigation service, to provide a full-time accessible welfare and money advice and casework.
Merton Centre For Independent Living
£180,000 over three years towards two trainee posts to increase capacity in Welfare Benefits and Community Care casework
Richmond Users Independent Living (Ruils)
£142,000 over three years for a person-centred information, advice and advocacy service for disabled people in Richmond. This service will support individuals over welfare and social care systems and housing.
Stay Safe East (SSE)
£119,700 over three years to support Deaf and Disabled survivors of abuse to access welfare benefits and other entitlements, produce guidance on income needs of disabled survivors, and work for change.
You can see more information on the initiative here.