News and Events

Jane Hunt awarded OBE in New Year's Honours List 2014

We are delighted to inform you that Jane Hunt, the Chair of the ADP , has received an OBE in recognition of her work supporting disabled people to access HMRC Services.

Jane has been involved in the consultation group to support disabled customers, since she was approached at a DWP conference in 2008, where she was highlighting the work undertaken by ADP and the Disabled Entrepreneurs Network.

Jane commented:

'The honour is a complete surprise and I share this award with all those who have supported disadvantaged people who do not have a voice and need guidance in often difficult circumstances. I would particularly like to express my thanks to all ADP members, whose views and experiences have been much valued and informed this vital work.'

Action on Disability and Work UK is launched!

We are delighted to announce that the ADP have merged with the Vassall Centre Trust to become Action on Disability and Work UK (ADWUK).

Action on Disability and Work UK will continue to provide services led by disabled people for disabled people. Indeed, our experienced disabled advisors are now able to offer services to individuals and organisations in all work-roles and with any impairment or health condition. Our support, advice and information is still tailored to each individual enquiry to provide a practical, commonsense approach to the removal of barriers to participation in work.

ADWUK is able to use the experience of the ADP and the valuable resource that exists amongst former ADP members, who can offer specialist advice and support based on their professional knowledge and lived experience. This includes disabled members who have succeeded in a wide variety of professions including medicine, engineering, law, the church, the Civil Service, politics, commerce, education, the arts and health and social services. This knowledge base will also inform our Training and Consultancy Service, Total Disability Solutions (TDS). TDS can provide consultancy and training for public, private and voluntary sector organisations on a wide range of disability issues, both where the focus is on employment and in the wider areas of access, disability and diversity.

Indeed, our support has enabled many organisations to become confident that their services are accessible and appropriate to disabled people. Jane Hunt, former Chair of the ADP and now Trustee at Action on Disability and Work UK said:

'We believe that this important merger will not only pave the way for disabled people to be effectively supported to find, retain and progress in the full range of work opportunities, but that it will also provide much needed support to organisations wishing to improve their customer and employee relations.'

Action on Disability and Work UK will also provide specialist advice on applying for and managing Access to Work funded support, as well as face-to-face advice as part of our accessible Work Club in Bristol.

This multimodal support system will enable many disabled people to find and retain work commensurate with their abilities. Andy Rickell, CEO, stated:

'This merger will create an influential national disabled people's user-led organisation concentrating on the full range of work opportunities for disabled people. We want to create a major improvement in the career prospects of disabled people across the country by demonstrating the benefits of our peer support model in empowering disabled people as workers and potential workers.'

Universal Credit Regulations Consultation

As you may have seen, the regulations for Universal Credit were published. We think it is absolutely essential that there is a very strong response to the consultation which has only a short response time and ends on 27th July.

The Children's Society, Citizens Advice and Disability Rights UK have jointly published webpages giving details of the main changes affecting people with disabilities, and scenarios for the overall impact for different groups of disabled people. This is intended to help people understand the likely financial consequences of these changes for differing groups and different types of households. Also on the webpage are links to a survey asking disabled people in the groups most likely to be affected by the changes to give evidence of the likely effect these changes would have on their lives. This evidence will then be used in their response to the consultation and in a review report to be published in the early autumn to use in lobbying work prior to the tabling of the regulations

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The webpage is available at http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/universalcredit

You may also like to respond to the consultation at http://ssac.independent.gov.uk/consult.shtml

You may also like to complete the surveys available at the following links:

I care for a disabled child - https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/duccs

I am a disabled adult who works - https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ducwork

I am a disabled adult who lives alone, with another disabled adult, or with children, and without a carer - https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ducrweb

The ADP raises awareness on an international level

Jane Hunt and Kath Sutherland have been very busy this month, highlighting the issues faced by disabled people in a number of presentations and panel debates.

Kath Sutherland presenting

On 8th November, Kath presented "What are you talking about puddings for?  The benefits of plain language in advice" at the International Enterprise Promotion Convention.  The presentation was extremely well received and served as a timely reminder to business advisors and policy makers to ensure that the information that they were producing for entrepreneurs was accessible and in plain language.  Further information about the event can be found on the Convention Website and you can also  view the summary  or download the presentation

 

Jane Hunt with Japanese party

Jane presented to a delegation from  the Youth Division of the Social Promotion department at the Fukuoka prefectural government in Japan. The delegation was lead by the governor of the prefecture, Mr Aso. The rest of the delegation were young people, aged 18 to 35, who live in the prefecture and who wanted to get involved in volunteer activities or study projects in social welfare, education and the environment.  As part of their educational trip to Europe, the Fukuoka prefecture delegation wanted to visit charities and hear about their activities and their funding procedures and case studies on how they help people.

Jane met with the delegation on 16th November and was able to tell them about the work of the ADP and the Disabled Entrepreneurs' Network.  The delegates were very happy with the information they received and showed a keen interest in our work.

Kath Sutherland at a live webcastFinally, Kath was asked to be a speaker at the SMEs, Research and Innovation Conference, "From Idea to Market:  Turning Knowledge into Profit".  The conference was an initiative of Wallonia and Directorate General Research of the European Commission in cooperation with the Belgian EU Presidency. 

Kath attended in her role as an Equalities Consultant and the Founder of her own small business, START Ability Services.  Her work came to the attention of the Directorate through her recent accolade as UK Ambassador for European SME Week 2010.

The objective of the Conference was to address the needs of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) around the twin themes of Research and Innovation as a background.

Each of the 4 sessions gave plenty of opportunities to help European Small and Medium-sized Enterprises to describe as well as share their own experiences with the audience. 

The final session was a live webcast and a number of conclusions were drawn which it is hoped will support small and medium enterprises to access appropriate support and finance throughout every stage of business development from start up to growth.

Further information about this prestigious event, which was attended by HRH Prince Philippe of Belgium is available at the SME Conference website

 

The ADP wins prestigious Human Rights Award

Jane Hunt, Kath Sutherland and Kirsty Sutherland-Cash accept the Award from Yvette Cooper. We are delighted to announce that the Association of Disabled Professionals were the winners of RADAR's People of the Year Human Rights Awards for "Doing Careers Differently".

The Doing Careers Differently Award 2009 recognises the ADP's commitment to supporting disabled people to achieve their full potential with regards to employment and self employment.

The glittering Awards Ceremony was held on 30th November 2009 at Battersea Evolution and was attended by Jane Hunt, the Chair of the organisation, Kath Sutherland, Development Officer and Kirsty Sutherland-Cash, the Personal Assistant to the Development Officer.

Jane Hunt who collected the Award from Rt Hon Yvette Cooper MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, said: "This is a tribute to the ADP Executive, staff and members who have served us so well. We also acknowledge the contributions made by Sir Peter Large and Sue Maynard-Campbell, who must be remembered as they were deeply involved."

Kath Sutherland, Development Officer, commented: "The Award is recognition of the many years of hard work and support provided by the ADP to ensure that disabled people are acknowledged for the many skills that they have. We hope that we are able to secure funding to continue our work in the future, as we receive thousands of enquiries every year but have very limited funding. The Award reflects our dedication to provide a practical, common sense approach to enable the very many disabled people who contact us to gain and retain employment commensurate to their abilities or to choose self employment as a viable option if they wish to do so."

Liz Sayce, Chief Executive of RADAR, said: "The Association of Disabled Professionals has for many years been at the forefront of efforts to ensure that disabled people progress and develop careers, rather than being marginalised by a laser-like focus on work, any work, at all costs. Such an approach wastes talent and is ultimately counterproductive; challenging it is crucial to 'Future Proofing Equality', and the Association of Disabled Professionals are truly deserving winners of this Award."

More information about the Awards can be found at http://www.radar.org.uk/awards-2010/the-event.aspx

Equal Approach Seeks Diverse Candidates For Top Roles

Equal Approach is currently seeking candidates for a wide range of roles with several high profile clients, including a number of FTSE 100 companies.

These companies are placing more and more importance on the attraction of diverse candidates and have appointed Equal Approach as their diversity recruitment specialist.

There are a number of roles in the Financial Sector and Equal Approach are seeking people with experience in the following areas to contact them:

  • Experienced Hire (Client facing including Tax and Audit, Assurance, Analysts. Internal facing practices);

  • Business Advisory Services (Client facing roles in areas including Supply Chain, IT, Financial Services, Finance and Transactions);

  • Support Staff (including Internal Performance, Accountants, Marketing, Core Business Services, Archives, Reprographics, IT and HR);

  • Business Development and Graduate Positions (must have First Class Hons degree).


Various opportunities also exist within the technology functions of a global investment bank at all levels including: Development and Analysis and Support (must have Java/C++ experience).

They are also seeking Corporate Associates, Paralegals, Insurance Associates, Pensions Associates, Finance Litigation Associates, Commercial Litigators and Insurance/Reinsurance Litigators.

Salaries range from £40,000 - £160,000.

For further information or more details, please contact: simon.daykin@equalapproach.com, tracey.whelan@equalapproach.com or alan.walker@equalapproach.com

For further details about Equal Approach visit www.equalapproach.com or call 0845 600 2229.

Launch of "Setting Up In Business? A Resource Guide for Disabled People and their Advisors"

The Association of Disabled Professionals has written and produced a plain English Resource Guide, Directory of Support and Quick Reference Guide to support disabled people who want to set up in business. It is intended that the guide will also be used by business advisers within mainstream organisations.

 

As well as ensuring that key issues are covered, such as tax, funding, mentoring and different types of business opportunity, we have also included stories from disabled entrepreneurs and their experiences of starting up in business.

 
Margaret Hodge and Jane Hunt at the Launch event

The Guide was launched by Margaret Hodge MP, Minister for Enterprise, Industry and the Regions, on 20th March 2007 at the British Library in London.

 
The Directory of Support, which accompanies the Guide has recently been updated (January 2009) and there are plans to include a plain English business plan template in the near future.
 

The Resource Guide Pack is available in a number of formats including large print, braille, easy read and electronic format.

 

If you would like further information, or you are a disabled person who would like a copy of the Guide Pack, please email info@adp.org.uk for details.