Equal Lives (formally Norfolk Coalition of Disabled People) is a Disabled People’s User Led Organisation (DPULO) listed on the gov.uk website and we are often shown for good practice in reports and have had many achievements over the past years including:
Breakthrough Independent Living Award for Good Practice in employing disabled people (2010) which recognised our work and commitment in not only employing disabled people but also investing in our workforce to ensure disabled employees remain in post and progress within the organisation. (Image left)
Breakthrough Independent Living Award (Disability Hate Crime 2012). The Disability Hate Crime Project was set up to encourage and enable disabled people to recognise and report hate crime. The project recruited 15 volunteer supporters and campaigners who received training to enable them to deliver awareness raising sessions to disabled people and their communities. (Image below)
The Big Lottery Fund highly commended the Equal Lives Forum (2015-2016) The Youth Forum was set up by Equal Lives to support young people aged 14-25 to develop skills and confidence to support their independence. They provided young disabled people with the opportunity to take part in a leadership programme and ran projects to host events, make films, produce artwork and produce shows / plays, protest for change and shape government policy.
NCODP – Example of Good Practice – Ofsted People Power report 2013
Department of Health (Enter and View, 2015) cited our project as an example of excellent practice.