How the government works with disabled people’s user led organisations (DPULOs) to develop and strengthen them.
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.
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.
Contact the Making a Difference Team for more information.
Making a difference
Office for Disability Issues
7-12 Tothill Street