Welcome to the Monday 10 June 2019 edition of our weekly ebulletin. If there's anything you would like to share with the wider network please send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Urgent request from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)
The EHRC has just launched an inquiry into the experiences of disabled people within the criminal justice system. The inquiry will particularly focus on the pre-trial stage. That is because evidence for disabled people’s experiences at this point is particularly lacking. The inquiry will address whether disabled defendants’ needs are identified; what reasonable adjustments, if any, are made; whether there are particular barriers or helpful factors; and what recommendations should be put forward. The EHRC is interested in perspectives of NSUN members and so in interviewing two NSUN members with lived experience.
Find out more here.
Joint working and co-operation between organisations led by disabled people (DPOs) at an international level
Dorothy Gould provides a summary account of the event 1st June, co-hosted by the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance (ROFA). DFID is a government department responsible for providing international aid. Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance (ROFA) is an alliance of Disabled People and their organisations (DPOs) in England who have joined together to defend disabled people’s rights and campaign for an inclusive society. Read more here.
Health and Wellbeing Alliance Webinar – Peer Support, User-Led Organisations, and Mental Health and Prevention
Date: Tuesday 18th June 2019
Time: 10.30am - 11.30am
This webinar, with Alison Faulkner and Emma Ormerod from NSUN, will provide a short overview of the role of local user-led organisations and peer support initiatives in the prevention of mental distress and social exclusion.
There is a significant role for prevention amongst people already in touch with mental health services who are at risk of further marginalisation and social exclusion. It is widely recognised that working alongside communities to understand their needs and build on existing strengths, assets and resilience is key. Book your place here.
Disabled People's Organisations meet with Minister for Disabled People
Read our account of a meeting between Sarah Newton MP and six Disabled People's Organisations (DPOs): Inclusion London/the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance, NSUN, the Equalities National Council, Disability Wales, Independent Living in Scotland and Disability Action Northern Ireland. Read the report here.