Darlington Association on Disability was established in 1986 as a voluntary and charitable organisation led by disabled people. It exists to promote independence and choice, and supports disabled people and carers through the provision of services, support and information and by tackling issues locally and nationally. DAD promotes the social model of disability, and as part of that remit is actively involved in promoting disability equality and awareness of anti discrimination legislation.
DAD acts as a focal point for consultation with disabled people and carers. It also manages a range of services / projects to support its aims.
Personalisation - Making It Work event
Personalisation, Personal Budgets, One Plans, Education Health and Care plans…
...is it all a bit of a mystery? Would you like to know more?
Come to our Personalisation - Making It Work event on Thursday, 27th March 2014, 10am - 5pm at the Dolphin Centre, Horsemarket, Darlington
The event is aimed at disabled people, carers, parent carers and professionals to find out what is happening both locally and nationally, with a wide range of workshops.
Sessions will be held throughout the day and will cover a wide variety of topics and real examples of how personalisation can make a difference.
Lunch and refreshments will be provided. To book a place phone 01325 360524 or email ChYPS. A confirmation letter will be sent for you to pre-book workshops.
You can choose the sessions you go to so that you can find out more about the things that interest you. Sessions will give you the chance to:
• Find out what is happening nationally around personal budgets and the different areas they now cover.
• Find out more about the changes happening in the Special Education Needs system, and what is happening locally.
• Find out what good practice looks like in supporting children and young people to be involved in developing their plans.
• Hear from a local disabled person on how being supported to develop a really good support plan can lead to you having more choice and control of your life and better outcomes. This workshop will give disabled people, carers and professionals some practical tips in how to make this happen.
• Hear how effective support planning for people with Autism, can lead to far better outcomes. This session will be led by a facilitator from the National Autistic Society.
• Find out more about what is happening locally about personal health budgets.
• Hear about a local example of pooling a personal budget and direct payments to develop an art studio.
• A variety of speakers / professionals will also be holding surgeries to provide one to one information sessions, including:
Support planning and people with autism.
Changes to Special Educational Needs systems
If you are a disabled person, carer or parent carer and would like to attend but face barriers such as access to transport / childcare please let us know so we can try to help.
Employer Support Meetings
DAD are holding a number of meetings at the Independent Living Hub to support you as an Employer with your legal responsibilities around topics that we are frequently asked about. If there is a topic that isn’t covered that you would find helpful, then please get in touch and we will do our very best to include it.
Lunch will be provided so it would help us with catering if you were able to let us know if you are able to come in advance.
The meetings are scheduled for 1.30pm - 3.30pm each day. For further information or to book a place, please email Direct Payments or phone 01325 360524
Employer Support Meetings to be held at The Independent Living Hub, West Lodge, West Crescent, Darlington DL3 7PS
Wednesday 29 January 2014. Topic: Holiday Entitlement
How to work out a PA’s holiday entitlement for the year and how to make sure that your PA’s have used their holiday entitlement for the current holiday year before the 31st March 2014.
Wednesday 12 February 2014. Topic: Auto Enrolment
New legal responsibilities now apply to some employers to automatically enroll their PA’s into a pension scheme - this will be staged over six years depending on the size of an employer but we need to be aware of many of the issues now and preparing for the changes.
Thursday 20 February 2014. Topic: Employing a PA
We will be looking at the Skill’s for Care website and using their online toolkit which helps you to employ your own personal assistants, offering guidance and advice on all your legal responsibilities.
Wednesday 5 March 2014. Topic: RTI Update/HMRC
In April 2013 HMRC changed the way we send information about your payroll to them. Instead of sending year end reports we now send reports to them every time we process your payroll. We will look at your responsibilities as an Employer under the new system and also cover HMRC queries such as the various options to pay HMRC, due dates etc.
Friday 14 March 2014. Topic: Holiday Entitlement
As the new holiday year is fast approaching, we will look at how to calculate your PA’s holiday entitlement and other things you need to consider around holiday pay such as cover.
Thursday 20 March 2014. Topic: Auto Enrolment
A chance to recap on the topic that we covered in February about P.A. pension schemes and it is also a second chance for anyone who was unable to attend the earlier meeting to come along.
Wednesday 26th March 2014. Topic: Managing your Personal Assistants
We will look at various issues that may arise when employing your own staff and ways that problems can be prevented such as inductions and supervisions. We will also look in detail at what can be done when things go wrong and we will look at the grievance / disciplinary procedure.
DAD's latest issue of our newsletter, Breakthrough December 2013, is now available for viewing online. Please take a few moments to read about the latest news within our projects.
2013 Annual Report
Following on from our recent AGM, the 2013 Annual Report has now been published online. Please visit the Annual Reports section where there are various formats of the report available for viewing.
Carers Strategies 2013-16
Darlington Borough Council is asking for people's comments on the draft Carers Strategy and Implementation Plan and the draft Young Carers Action Plan for 2013-16.
To view the draft plans, please visit the following links to the PDFs on the Council's website: Links to draft Carers Strategy and Implementation Plan and the draft Young Carers Action Plan for 2013-16
You can comment on these draft strategies by completing the Equality Impact Assessment Form (PDF document)
Proposed new legislation for Carers
Carers UK has joined forces with Barbara Keeley MP and a cross party group of MPs to work on a new piece of legislation to support carers.
Barbara Keeley MP has put forward a Private Member’s Bill which champions carers. The bill, the Social Care (Local Sufficiency) and Identification of Carers Bill, aims to;
• revolutionise the way that local authorities plan social care services in their areas for people who by services themselves as well as those who rely on council social care services.
• focus on ensuring the right services are planned and developed to help carers struggling to juggle work and caring for ill or disabled loved ones
• create duties on the NHS, schools, colleges and universities to identify carers and signpost then to support and advice.
The bill places a duty on local authorities to conduct an assessment of the social care services available in their area, looking at whether sufficient and relevant care is being made available to disabled people and carers.
The proposed legislation will recognise for the first time the need for carers and disabled people to have the right services in place to allow them to remain in, or join the workforce.
Research last month from Age UK showed that the cost to the Government of carers being forced to give up work to care had reached £5.3 billion in lost tax revenues, lost earnings and increased benefit payments. The Bill reflects the economic imperative to help people juggle work and care and to support disabled people to work.
Our trustees and staff are working hard to save DAD’s services and we would appreciate any support you are able to give. One way to acknowledge the difference DAD has made to your life would be to make a regular monthly donation to DAD. If you would like to make a regular donation by Direct Debit please contact our Business Support Officer, Judith, at DAD’s main office in the Market Place.
You can also visit our page on the justgiving website JustGiving to make a secure online donation.
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DAD Stakeholder Forum - register your interest now!
Darlington Association on Disability is a user led organisation. To help us to be as user led as possible we hold a regular Stakeholder Forum. Members of the Forum consist of all the Trustees, the Senior Management Team, service users or their representatives, representatives from DAD projects, interested DAD members and other DAD staff when relevant. The Stakeholder Forum has a non-decision making role, but offers opportunities to bring new ideas and influence DAD Trustees and the Senior Management Team. For example, DAD members could:
• bring ideas and concerns about our day to day operations;
• suggest how alternative funding might be obtained;
• contribute to or challenge our policies;
• put forward proposals on how we could do even more for disabled people and carers.
DAD projects, particularly new ones or ones that have changed over time use the Forum to explain what they do and how, as well as encourage members of the Forum to voice their opinions. All proposed new projects can use the Forum as a valuable sounding board. Any Forum member is able to put relevant items on the agenda within a set timescale.
We propose to hold a Stakeholder Forum two or three times a year, taking up a full morning or afternoon. We propose to vary meeting dates to include school holiday periods so young people can attend as well as term time to accommodate those with childcare needs.
If you are a DAD service user, DAD volunteer, DAD member or representative of a DAD project and you wish to be a member of DAD’s Stakeholder Forum please contact our Chair, Gordon Pybus, to register your interest. Email firstname.lastname@example.org phone 01325 489 999 or call into our main office in the marketplace and ask someone to give Gordon your name and contact details.
DAD Statement on Consultation
DAD welcomes the opportunity for consultation, and will endeavour at all times to provide information and advice which, if followed, would result in the best possible outcome for disabled people.
DAD recognises that consultation often forms one part of a larger decision making process, and that outcomes may not always reflect the balance of views that DAD has provided or the outcomes that it has advised.
Organisations must not expect DAD to endorse decisions made, following a process of consultation or advice-giving, where the final outcome does not reflect the views of, or advice provided by, DAD or gives the impression in any way that DAD does endorse said decisions.
Personal Assistants/Support Workers Vacancies
Please visit this page to see the latest vacancies. These vacancies were last updated on 1st March 2014.
Third Party Reporting Centre-Press Release
Hate Incidents and Crimes are generally reported straight to the police, however, if people would prefer not to, or need support they can now report any hate incident/crime against a disabled person through Darlington Association on Disability (DAD) during office hours, 9:30 - 5, Mon - Fri.
A hate incident is any incident which may or may not constitute a criminal offence, which is perceived to be motivated by prejudice or hate against disabled people.
For example - Name calling, verbal abuse or harassment
A hate crime is a hate incident which does constitute a criminal offence, and again is motivated by prejudice or hate against disabled people.
For example - Attacks, physical abuse and Graffiti
The victim, a witness or any other person who knows or believes a hate crime/incident has taken place can make a report.
So why report it? The third party reporting system allows you to report a hate incident/crime to the police through DAD by giving us as little or as much information as you wish. All reports are kept confidential. By reporting it, it will enable the police to act upon such incidents and also build up patterns of behaviour and areas within the community where hate incidents and crimes are being committed, enabling them to allocate resources more effectively.
Safety and security, and the right to live free from fear and harassment, are fundamental human rights.
Gordon Pybus, Chair of DAD said “It is vitally important that disabled people should always report any hate incident or crime because what could be just name calling one day could easily escalate into a serious incident even leading to a fatality.”
Mike Cleasby, Valuing People Co-ordinator (Darlington Borough Council) said “The Council is committed to working in partnership with people with disabilities, DAD & the Police to increase public confidence and reduce the fear of crime. This scheme will allow an alternative way for people to report hate crime incidents, and will show perpetrators that we have a seamless approach to tackling this issue.”
Inspector Mark Button, Darlington Neighbourhood Team said “The police in Darlington recognise the importance of such an initiative that would improve the process of reporting such incidents, and we will fully support this integrated partnership approach to ensure it’s success.”
If you would like to report a hate incident/crime or for more information, please call into the DAD offices in Horsemarket or telephone 01325 489999 or email email@example.com
How you can support us
Make a donation
Visit our page on the justgiving website JustGiving to make a secure online donation. The page also allows you to follow our fundraising activities and sponsor an activity. You can also make a donation by calling in to any of DAD's offices. A regular donation to DAD would enable us to continue with our work, supporting disabled people and carers. If you would like to make a regular donation by Direct Debit please contact our Business Support Officer, Judith, at DAD’s main office in the Market Place.
Help DAD Reduce Costs
If you have any old mobile phones or empty printer cartridges, DAD has a collection point in the reception area of Head Office and you will be helping to raise money to support DAD.
Darlington Association on Disability is an organisation led by disabled people, which exists to promote independence and choice.
DAD supports disabled people and carers through the provision of services, support and information and by tackling issues affecting disabled people both locally and nationally.