£40,000 is announced for a new research project in Barnet led by disabled people.
Inclusion Barnet has been awarded nearly £40,000 as part of a £5 million research programme into independent living for disabled people.
The research into peer support for disabled people will explore the best ways to develop and run peer support programmes. Peer to peer schemes, where disabled people support other disabled people, are often used in health or employment to provide additional help for disabled people. It is one of the first projects to be awarded funding from the DRILL (Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning) programme, a five year scheme led by disabled people and funded by Big Lottery Fund.
Managed by Inclusion Barnet, the project will be led by disabled people, working alongside Inclusion London, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Real Lives and Barnet Voice for Mental Health.
Liz Sayce from Disability Rights UK, which is supporting DRILL projects in England said:
“We’re delighted to be announcing the first DRILL grants, and supporting a project run by disabled people about disability issues.”
Caroline Collier from Inclusion Barnet said:
“Peer to peer support is a really important tool to help disabled people in a range of scenarios including health, employment and accessing local community facilities. This new project will help us find the best way of setting up and running peer to peer schemes.”
Launched in 2015, the DRILL programme is fully funded by Big Lottery Fund and delivered by Disability Rights UK, Disability Action Northern Ireland, Inclusion Scotland and Disability Wales. DRILL is expecting to fund a total of up to 40 research pilots and projects over a 5-year period, all led by disabled people. Around £600,000 will be allocated in the next round of applications, which are currently being assessed. An announcement is due in February 2017. Further calls for potential projects will be made between 2017 and 2019. More information on DRILL is available at www.drilluk.org.uk.