Strengthening disabled people’s user led organisations

How the government works with disabled people’s user led organisations (DPULOs) to develop and strengthen them.

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We withdrew this page because it’s no longer up to date. We published it to support the Strengthening DPULOs programme which ended in March 2015. You can still contact the Making a Difference Team.

Disabled people’s user led organisations (DPULOs) are run by and for disabled people. The government recognises that DPULOs have an important role. It wants to help strengthen existing organisations and help develop new ones.

DPULOs have an important role in:

  • changing perceptions
  • giving disabled people a stronger voice in the local community
  • providing peer support in areas such as social care, financial services, employment and volunteering

The programme began in England in July 2011, in Scotland and Wales in July 2012, and in Northern Ireland in June 2013. The programme ended in March 2015.

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The programme

The first phase of the programme provided a £3 million fund which enabled DPULOs to apply for modest grants to help create sustainable organisations. 180 projects were awarded funding during the life of the programme.

Expertise and practical support continued to be available to DPULOs through DPULO Ambassadors and Young Ambassadors until March 2015 when the programme closed.

DPULO information for disabled people

The government is encouraging disabled people to use their local DPULOs. We have published a list of DPULOs with their contact details and information about the services they provide.

More information

Contact the Making a Difference Team for more information.

Making a difference

Office for Disability Issues
Ground Floor
Caxton House
7-12 Tothill Street

Making a difference

Published 1 December 2013
Last updated 2 September 2014 + show all updates
  1. Added more 'Making a difference' links and updated the figures about the programme

  2. Added regional link-up newsletters (July 2014)

  3. First published.