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Our Work

This area of the website contains information about SENDPO's different areas of work. You can download a copy of our 2013/14 Business Plan from our Resources page.  Our work for 2013/14 includes:

  • Developing and maintaining key relationships and ongoing presence at meetings of selected boards and groups
  • Through the work of its member organisations, being a critical friend to certain public bodies seeking user involvement in the planning and design of their policies and services
  • Introducing a membership application process for DPOs to join SENDPO and sign up to its values, aims and objectives, including an audit of their governance structures, services, skills, strengths, weaknesses and priorities, to inform plans for mutual support, building capacity and sustainability
  • Reviewing SENDPO’s website to ensure that it meets the needs of its members
  • Facilitating member meetings at least quarterly in different parts of the region
  • Developing special interest groups on key issues affecting SENDPO’s members
  • Completing the co-production with statutory partners a toolkit covering key topics to facilitate procurement and commissioning processes which are accessible to small ULOs/DPOs
  • Collating views of DPOs in the region in order to respond to 5 Government consultations on various policy proposals that will impact on the lives of disabled people.
  • Facilitating discussion with members on their use of social media to promote the work of their organisations and to encourage debate on key issues
  • Promoting SENDPO across the region by publishing articles in appropriate voluntary sector newsletters and attending / organising localised meetings where appropriate.
  • Providing small amounts of financial support to DPOs (up to £500) which would make a difference to their survival
  • Facilitating running a “LEO” (Leadership for Empowered Organisations) training programme
  • Planning and holding a conference event for members, supporters and people we want to influence, in January 2014
  • Producing a year 2 Annual Report