DIAL (LEEDS): “A helping hand from someone who understands …… “

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DIAL LEEDS LTD was initially established in 1979 as a local Disabled People’s User Led Organisation (DPULO). The Management Committee, paid staff and volunteers have direct personal experience of a wide range of impairments and long term conditions.

DIAL LEEDS offers various services for disabled people through peer support to ensure independent living, choice and control.

Service user involvement is actively encouraged in all areas of our service planning, management, development and delivery.

DIAL LEEDS Management Committee:

As a DPULO the DIAL LEEDS Management Committee is a team of “experts by experience” – with lived experienced of various impairments and long-term health conditions alongside non-disabled people with other expertise including business, financial and management skills.

We are in the process of organisational change/development and new ventures to ensure our future sustainability.

Values:

Our work has its roots in the social model of disability and ensuring equality, diversity and inclusion.

The DIAL LEEDS model of service delivery is peer support where disabled people come together to support and provide services for other disabled people.

DIAL LEEDS offers a friendly safe and supportive environment for all disabled people.  We do this through direct lived experience.

 The services we offer are:
  • Not for profit – any surplus income is used to develop and deliver more and better services for disabled people
  • Personalised and flexible – tailored to the needs of the individual disabled person
  • Confidential
  • Independent
  • Impartial – always in the best interests of the individual disabled person
  • Accessible
Mission:

DIAL LEEDS exists to:

  • Ensure that disabled people are not disadvantaged through a lack of knowledge of their rights or the awareness of choices available
  • Provide support when necessary to enable disabled people to express their needs and wishes effectively

We aim to overcome discrimination and disadvantage faced by disabled people by raising awareness of abilities, choices and rights and opportunities.

Everything that we do contributes to independent living, inclusion and empowerment.  Our work is all about maximising choice and control for people over their lives.

Future vision:

The DIAL LEEDS future vision is for inclusive and supportive hub where communities can come together and grow ‘A people’s place – for all to grow!’

This will be a vibrant independent service user led centre of excellence for opportunities, health and wellbeing.

Increasing demands on the community and voluntary sector for holistically meeting the health, social care and other needs of disabled people including supporting the most vulnerable in our society, means this vision is more important than before.

Our future mission is to meet these needs and responsibilities through direct support services and also by enabling self-reliance as well as harnessing the power of community and peer support networks.

What we do:

Peer Support:

“A helping hand from someone who understands”

Disabled people using and sharing knowledge and learning from their own experiences to support other disabled people.
Find out more here…

Happiness Café:

A “pop up”, drop in Happiness Café, funded by The People’s Health Trust. This is a further source of peer support with a focus on building social connections alongside therapeutic activities for holistic wellbeing. The aim is to enable local disabled people to shape activities in their community and neighbourhoods.
Find out more here…

Happines Cafe Statement

Energy Confident!

Supporting disabled people and people with health conditions to be able to confidently afford to pay their gas and electricity bills and to be safe and efficient energy users in healthier, warmer homes.
Find out more here…

Social Enterprise Services:

Pay for services for disabled people, their carers and professionals delivered through lived experience of disability and long-term health conditions.
Find out more here…

Policy and influencing work:

As well as the services we offer for individuals, we also aim to influence wider service provision and policy and decision making in terms of the needs, preferences and aspirations of disabled people.  This is a longer term process to support service development so we can help bring about changes and improvements that will benefit all disabled people rather than dealing only with our clients specific issues in isolation.

DIAL LEEDS is a member of the following forums, networks and groups to enable us to make representations that give disabled people a stronger voice:

  • Disability Rights UK
  • Engaging Voices
  • Forum Central (Leeds)
  • Leeds Food Aid Network
  • Making it Real Development Group
  • Physical and Sensory Impairment Network (Leeds)
  • Tribunal User Group
  • Yorkshire and Humber TUC Disabilities Forum
  • Welfare Reform Strategy Board (Leeds)

DIAL LEEDS LTD, Photon House,, Percy Street, Leeds LS12 1EL

Contact Managers on:

Tel; 0113 467 6984 | Email; managers@dial-leeds.org.uk

Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DialLeeds | Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DIAL-LEEDS-1616885815248602/

You can also visit our website for more information:  www.dial-leeds.org.uk

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2018-04-16T13:13:50+00:00 9th April 2018|0 Comments

About the Author:

Sean Tunnicliffe
Sean is the communications Officer at Leeds Older People’s Forum (LOPF) and also deals with admin and office management. He enjoys the wide variety of his role which covers things like designing reports and documents, organising meetings, putting together ebulletins, writing blogs, updating the LOPF website and social media and making sure that the office never runs out of milk. He has worked in the third sector since 2001 first with Volition and then LOPF and is the longest serving member of the Forum Central team. Previous to this Sean had mainly worked in horticulture and also had a spell managing a newsagent shop.

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