Department for Work and Pensions

Strengthening Disabled People's User-Led Organisations Programme

Introducing the Strengthening DPULOs Programme


On 20 July 2011 the Office for Disability Issues (ODI) launched the Strengthening Disabled People’s User-Led Organisations (DPULOs) Programme.

The programme is a £3 million investment over four years that will aim to promote growth and improve the sustainability of DPULOs.

On launching the Strengthening DPULOs Programme, the then Minister for Disabled People, Maria Miller MP, said:

“Disabled people should have choice and independence in how they live their lives. Organisations run by, and for, disabled people play a vital role in making sure they have their voices heard at every level.”

All the information you will need to find out more about the Strengthening DPULOs Programme and how to apply to the Facilitation Fund can be found on these pages.

You can also find regular updates and resources on the programme’s Facebook page or follow us on Twitter.

Latest news on the Disabled People’s User-Led Organisation (DPULO) Programme

News Update June 2013

New National Lead for the Programme

To replace Rich Watts who left the DPULO programme to take up a new and exciting job opportunity Rachael Wallach has been selected to take over the role of Joint National Lead for the DPULO Programme. Rachael has been an Ambassador for the Programme from its inception and is a Commissioner of social, educational and health services for disabled children and their families for the in the London Borough of Lewisham and a Trustee of a large national charity. Rachael is committed to enabling disabled people to achieve the same outcomes as their non-disabled peers. Since graduating from the National Graduate Development Programme for Local Government she has managed frontline services, developed borough-wide strategies and delivered transformation programmes across a wide range of different service areas in Local Authorities and the NHS.

New DPULO Ambassador for Northern Ireland June 2013

June Best has been selected as the new DPULO Ambassador for Northern Ireland. June will work with the DPULO Programme to develop and build DPULOs in Northern Ireland.

June has a vast knowledge of disability and since her early retirement from a wide and varied career within education, she has volunteered as a community activist, educational advisor and equality training consultant. She is currently a dedicated volunteer and Service User Representative within Guide Dogs and Convenor of the Information and Training work group of IMTAC (Inclusive Mobility and Transport Advisory Committee). She has regular opportunities and experience to engage and influence policy and decision making through her involvement within community. She adopts a person centred ethos, continues to empower others, embraces diversity and promotes inclusivity.

News update 12 February 2013

DPULOs Making A Difference

As part of the Strengthening DPULOs Programme, we are developing the 'DPULOs Making A Difference' series.

Read the first series of case studies “DPULOs Making A Difference: disability hate crime.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the Strengthening DPULOs Programme, please contact your local Ambassador or the Making A Difference team on:


Page last reviewed: 1 August 2013

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