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Mapping Disability: The Facts

This publication has been produced by Sport England.

Mapping Disability: the facts has been created to give an overview of disability within the population. Its purpose is to inform and direct strategy and delivery, improving choice and opportunity for disabled people to regularly take part in sport.

Disabled people are much less likely to regularly take part in sport than nondisabled people. Disability is a complex market, with huge variations in people’s needs and preferences. We realise that a ‘one size fits all’ strategy won’t work if we’re to get more disabled people active.

The information contained in this pack is only part of the picture. It’s designed to be used together with other research from Sport England and their partners about this population,
including barriers, motivations and practical examples of how best to communicate.

Briefing on the EU Referendum and Disabled People

The focus of the debate on the EU referendum until now has been mainly on the economy, trade agreements, employment, legal issues and immigration. There has been hardly any key media coverage on Disabled People and their livelihood within or without the EU, except an article by Richard Howitt MEP in the Guardian.

This briefing paper, written by Spectrum Centre for Independent Living, makes clear some key issues and benefits for Disabled People by remaining in the EU. Both a Microsoft Word and a plain text version can be downloaded by visiting the links below.

Delivering peer-led information, advice and advocacy in light of the Care Act

This one-day conference was organised by the South East Network of Disabled People's Organisations  (SENDPO), in partnership with Hampshire County Council.  The conference provided delegates with opportunities to:

  • Network with other commissioners and user led organisations (ULOs) in the South-East
  • Explore a range of different models of delivering peer-led information, advice and advocacy services
  • Explore sustainable ways of information, advice and advocacy services being funded
  • Explore capacity building options to enable user-led organisations to confidently deliver quality services

The conference was co-chaired by Isaac Samuels and Kate Sibthorpe from Think Local Act Personal (TLAP’s) National Co-production Advisory Group (NCAG).  It was attended by 60 representatives from User-Led Organisations, Local Authorities and local Healthwatches across the South-East region.

SENDPO Revised Terms of Reference

As SENDPO's Terms of Reference was written back in 2011 when the network was set up, members re-visited the document to make sure that it continues to meet the network's objectives.  This revised Terms of Reference was adopted at SENDPO's Members Meeting on 29 July 2015.


SENDPO's 2014/15 Annual Report

This Annual Report covers SENDPO work during the period from April 2014 to March 2015.  It sets out how the different areas of its work plan have been delivered during the year, and looks ahead at the priorities for the coming year.


X-Card Project Report

In 2014 the Disability Action Alliance (DAA) began a project that looked at the possibility of developing a card that could support disabled people to live more independent lives. The project was called the ‘X’-card project.
The project group ran a survey in early 2015 to develop an evidence base to help it assess the DAA’s ability to take forward such a project. The report of the collated results of the survey can be downloaded here in either PDF or Microsoft Word.

You can read more about the X-Card project by visiting the Disability Action Alliance website at

Peer Support: What Is It and Does It Work?

Peer support has great potential to boost person centred care and is greatly valued by people who take part in it says Nesta and National Voices as they launch the review Peer Support: What Is It and Does It Work?

There is evidence that peer support can help people feel more knowledgeable, confident and happy, and less isolated and alone. The review also showed that there is a limited understanding of the different forms of peer support, how best to deliver support and the forms of training and infrastructure to get the most impact from it; so, further evidence is needed to fully understand the impact it has on the health service and individuals with long-term health conditions.

The peer support literature review analysed over 1000 research studies on peer support from around the world to find out who is involved in it, the type of support provided and why. The findings showed that peer support can take many forms, such as informal telephone calls, group get-togethers, online forums or structured training.

Existing evidence examined by the review showed that peer support is worth investing in as a way of tackling long-term health conditions but knowledge on the service could be strengthened by commissioning more robust and detailed evaluations of the impacts and reasons why peer support works better in some contexts and for some groups. This could be done through systematic reviews and randomised controlled trials or by evidence that detailed how support was offered or what the most useful components were.

The publication of the research coincides with the recent launch of Realising the Value, a new initiative to find, test, share and roll out the best ways that people with health conditions work with their communities and health professionals. Realising the Value is delivered by a large consortium with a strong track record and expertise in the area of putting people at the centre of their own care. Consortium partners include Nesta, the Health Foundation and National Voices.

Peer Support: What Is It and Does It Work? can be downloaded and read at:


Guide for People Having an Access to Work Review

This guide has been written by Gerry Zarb from Spectrum Centre for Independent Living.

Although there has been no publicly announced change of policy, it is clear that Access to Work have recently been taking a more restrictive view of support people can claim under the scheme.  When people have their reviews they may find that support that was previously funded is now disallowed.  This guide outlines some of the issues that may cause problems and includes suggestions on how to avoid them. It also includes information on how to challenge decisions that reduce or restrict your support.


Better Working with Disabled People

The Better Working with Disabled People consultation ran from 16 July to 16 October 2013 and sought views on the Government’s response to the Independent Triennial Review of Equality 2025 (EQ2025). 

Government agree that:

  • there is a continuing need for independent, confidential advice to Government drawing on the lived experience of disabled people; and
  • that this does not need to continue to be delivered through a Non-Departmental Public Body.

The consultation paper outlined principles and options for successor arrangements to Equality 2025 for discussion.  The original consultation document and the outcomes can be found by visiting SENDPO's response to the consultation can be downloaded below.


Cap on Care Costs and New Appeals System

The Department of Health launched  a consultation on the reforms under the Care Act that will come into force in April 2016.  The consultation ran between 4 February and 30 March 2015 and covered two elements.

 These were:

  • the cap on care costs system
  • a new appeals system

To read the original consultation document please visitCare Act 2014: Consultation on draft regulations and guidance to implement the cap on care costs and policy proposals for a new appeals system for care and support.  SENDPO'S RESPONSE TO THIS CONSULTATION CAN BE DOWNLOADED BELOW.


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