Recruitment of Chair – Inclusion London

Inclusion London is a small but effective pan-London Deaf/disability equality organisation which has built a national reputation for our policy, campaigning and capacity-building support to Deaf and Disabled people’s organisations in London.

We are seeking to appoint a new Chair to lead the organisation through its next stage of growth.

You will be a Deaf or Disabled person and will have a track record of action for Deaf and/or Disabled people’s rights/activism; be committed to working within the Social Model of Disability & Cultural Model of Deafness and have experience as a Board member of a public, private or voluntary organisation and be a good team player.

You will have experience of line management, supervision and human resources issues; understand governance in charitable / voluntary organisations; have strategic vision, independent judgement and excellent leadership, Influencing and negotiating skills.

The post is unpaid. (Access needs will be met and expenses covered.)

Closing date for applications: 9am on Monday 24 October 2016 

Interviews will take place on Monday 7 November.

Application pack can be downloaded from the Inclusion London website.

To discuss access issues and/ or to have a confidential conversation with IL’s CEO or current Chair about the position, please contact:

Libby Oakley (office manager),

020 7237 3181, office SMS: 0771 839 4687

Age UK recruiting volunteers for a new NHS England Sounding Board Pilot

The Age UK logo.

Age UK’s National Engagement team is recruiting volunteers for a new NHS England Sounding Board Pilot. The advert states:

“Are you interested in helping shape the best quality and most relevant healthcare services for the over 50’s?

You could have this opportunity as a Patient & Public Voice Volunteer for a pilot of a new NHS England Sounding Board.

In this volunteer role with Age UK, you will have the opportunity to engage with senior NHS England policy staff, inform their decision making and share your experience of taking part in the pilot.  The Sounding Board Pilot will complement other activities NHS England has in place to engage with audiences of all generations. Patient & Public Voice Volunteers are approaching or in retirement.

The Sounding Board will give you the opportunity to contribute to the development of NHS England’s national health policy, the development of health services and their commissioning.   You will consider, from the perspective of your life experience and knowledge, the impacts for older people in a way that plans for the future and cares for the present.

The Pilot will include an induction and taster session on the 13th December 2016 and two full Sounding Board meetings on the 31st January and 29th March 2017 followed by a review of the pilot together, on 27th April 2017 to assess how it has worked for all involved.

To find out more and how to register your interest, please click here to download the information pack and Expression of Interest form.

Please return your completed Expression of Interest form by Tuesday 8th November 2016.

You can email your completed form to Liz Stacey, Age UK Divisional Services Co-ordinator at or return a hard copy by freepost to (no stamp required):

Liz Stacey, Freepost RTEH-ALYL-JJZU,

Age UK, Tavis House, 1-6 Tavistock Square,

London WC1H 9NA

We will contact you with next steps late November 2016.  If you have any queries please call Liz on 0203 033 1152.    Thank you for your interest.”


DRILL programme call for applications

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Disabled people, their organisations, academics and partners are being invited to apply for grants for research and pilot projects to find out how disabled people, and those with long term conditions, can participate fully in society, achieving independent living.

Organisations can apply for up to £150,000 from the DRILL (Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning) programme, which launched last autumn and expects to fund around 40 projects in the UK over the next four years.  DRILL opened this Monday 9 May for applications and will close on 27 July.  Please visit the DRILL website for further information.

Disabled people will be at the forefront of designing projects (with academics and policy and practice experts), for the programme. DRILL is funded by a £5 million grant from the Big Lottery Fund and will be delivered by Disability Rights UK, Disability Action Northern Ireland, Inclusion Scotland and Disability Wales.

Call for papers: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Equality and Diversity

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Equality and Diversity: An International Journal was launched in 2015. This multi-lingual and fully open access journal will publish peer reviewed papers covering any aspect of equality and diversity, such as studies of employment, education and other provision of services. The aim of the journal is to provide a forum for international research which advances and challenges our understanding of equality and diversity from innovative theoretical and empirical perspectives.

Papers should be submitted via the online system which includes instructions for authors.

The following forms of submission are welcome:

  1. Original research papers which examine equality and diversity in any disciplines / sector from any geographical location. Papers may be position pieces, theoretically informed empirical work, theoretical pieces or systematic literature reviews (between 6000 to 8000 words plus references and a 200 word abstract and up to five key words/terms).
  2. Case studies, including examples of equality and diversity interventions from the public and private sector, teaching, charities and other bodies (maximum length 5000 words plus references and a 150 word summary).
  3. Letters – this may include responses to previously published studies – we hope to encourage debate.
  4. Professional insight including, teaching resources (many of our readers will be engaged in teaching within higher education and the school system), community and industrial outreach and reports from conferences, training sessions, etc. (maximum length of 1500 words)
  5. Essays from students in the field of equality and diversity (maximum length 3000 words plus references and 150 word abstract).

Call for proposals for special issues: The Journal will publish at least one special issue per year. Please contact the journal at with an expression of interest and further details.

BIG Assist help for equalities infrastructure organisations

National Council for Voluntary Organisations

BIG Assist is delivered by NCVO under contract to the BLF to support voluntary sector infrastructure organisations that support other voluntary and community organisations.

BIG Assist works to help infrastructure organisations be more effective, sustainable and better able to adapt and change.

Supporting and engaging equalities organisations is a priority for BIG Assist, set by the BLF, who recognise equalities infrastructure organisations are significantly ‘at risk’.

BIG Assist provides support through: –

  • voucher awards of up to £15,000 in support for organisational development; and organisations  can reapply for support. If you are interested in the voucher awards do apply soon and before the end of October when awards may need to close.
  • Access to an on line market place of approved suppliers rated and commented on by BIG Assist customers.
  • Peer to Peer support including paid for visits to learn from others – the visiting organisations receives £250 and the host organisation £400.
  • Access to a wide range of free on line resources plus face to face and on line events.

BIG Assist is also running a series of regional events and the BIG Assist events page will be kept updated with information about them.

Funding: Strategic Legal Fund for Vulnerable Young Migrants

The Strategic Legal Fund for Vulnerable Young Migrants (SLF) is a unique source of grants for legal work that can make a significant difference to vulnerable young migrants in England & Wales.

The SLF is a fund to support legal work that goes beyond securing justice for an individual and makes a significant contribution to law, practice and procedures to uphold and promote the rights of vulnerable migrant children and young people more generally.

The SLF aims to tackle injustices and inconsistencies in law and practice that disadvantage or discriminate against vulnerable young migrants as a result of their migration status. We do this by making grants to organisations to:

  • undertake pre-litigation research, or
  • make third party interventions to ensure that the key legal points are made in existing cases.