Funding available from EHRC for disability discrimination cases

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The Equality and Human Rights Commission launched an initiative to provide funding for front line advice and representation for disability discrimination claims in January 2017.

The Commission says: “The work we will fund under this pilot must be carried out by 31st March 2017. So, we’d really like you to contact us with requests for funding by email ( or by calling us on 0161 829 8407 as soon as possible – and, ideally, by no later than 3rd February 2017.”

EHRC Invitation to Tender – social security systems based on dignity and respect

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The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is seeking to commission research on the design of social security systems based on the concepts of dignity and respect. The deadline for tenders is 1pm on 2 February 2017.

The aims of this project are:

  • To provide EHRC Scotland with evidence of aspects of social security systems elsewhere that offer examples of best practice and could be said to be founded on the principles of dignity and respect.
  • To provide evidence on how these mechanisms have been devised, implemented and measured elsewhere, and how these could potentially be applied to Scotland’s new social security system.

Access full details on the EHRC procurement portal.

Women and Equalities Committee vacancy: Specialist advisor on inequalities faced by Gypsies, Roma and Travellers

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The Women and Equalities Select Committee is inviting expressions of interest from individuals interested in being a specialist adviser to the Committee’s inquiry into tackling inequalities faced by Gypsies, Roma and Travellers. The Committee would like to hear from people who have expert knowledge on inequalities issues faced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities and how they are affected by Government policy. The deadline for expressions of interest is 5 pm on 6 January 2017.

LSE International Inequalities Institute vacancy: Academic Director for the Atlantic Fellows programme

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The London School of Economics and Political Science is recruiting for the position of Academic Director of the newly established Atlantic Fellows programme. They anticipate this post will appeal to either public figures, professionals and campaigners with a proven record of activism and leadership or a senior academic with a leading research profile and a public presence on inequality issues. The deadline for applications is Tuesday 31 January 2017.

Baring Foundation funding round for 2016 open

The Baring Foundation announced in October 2016 the launch of a second round of funding in two open funds under their Strengthening the Voluntary Sector programme launched in 2015.

This programme supports effective use of the law and human rights based approaches by the voluntary sector in the United Kingdom to tackle discrimination and disadvantage. It is a collaboration with The Legal Education Foundation and The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. It focuses on activity in all countries of the United Kingdom. It does not support international work.

Disability Rights UK: Leadership Academy Programme

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The Leadership Academy Programme (LAP), is a programme designed specifically for junior/middle level managers, who want to progress in their careers and have a disability or a long term health condition.

The Programme was launched in October 2014.  The aim of the Programme is to empower capable, confident disabled leaders in all sectors of employment and also address the need for greater equality in the workplace, to improve the employment position of employees living with a health condition or disability, whilst providing employers with access to a wider pool of talent.

Disability Rights UK is now recruiting for the Programme. If you are an Employer or an Employee who is interested in the Programme, please contact The Leadership Academy Executive for further information:


Twitter: @LapDRUK

LinkedIn: The Leadership Academy Programme

FaceBook: Leadership-Academy KM

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

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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.”