The Public Appointments project is part of our work on Early Intervention. Its aims, project updates and group members can be found below.
To increase disabled peoples’ opportunities to take up public appointments and charitable trusteeships.
This would create platforms for disabled people to fulfil their potential, leading to greater and more visible participation in public life for disabled people. This in turn will create more positive role models and awareness.
This is a new project. The project will work to improve access to public appointments and trusteeship roles, building on the work of ‘The Brookes research for the Office of the Commissioner of Public Appointments’ and the DAA volunteering project group.
March 2016 – The project today (21st March) launches a new guide called “Public Appointments for Disabled People”. This guide is for use by disabled people interested in taking-up a public appointment, and is split into two sections. Section 1: Questions and Answers, and Section 2: Taking on a Public Appointment – a personal account from Asif Iqbal MBE (Public Appointments project member). It can be viewed in word and pdf formats using the links below:
December 2015 – The project has developed a new guide (launched on 3rd December, International Day of Persons with Disabilities), to encourage disabled people to take up the opportunities available to them to become school governors. Information is included to highlight the support that disabled people can receive to find school governor roles, as well as busting some of the myths surrounding what school governors do and any perceived barriers disabled people may have to getting involved. You can view the document below in word and PDF formats:
September 2015 – The project group held its first meeting on 16th September, and contains a diverse range of members with experience of public appointments and responsibilities for public appointments, including Cabinet Office and the Commissioner for Public Appointments. The project group is developing an action plan, including key aims. When this is available further information will be added to this project page.
August 2015 – The group met with the Commissioner for Public Appointments office to discuss how the project can progress. Good links are being made to start addressing the low numbers of disabled school governors.
July 2015 – The Commissioner for Public Appointments has agreed to join the project, and has provided links to two films on their website which are now available on the DAA Public Appointments and Volunteering Resource page. The first project meeting is being arranged for the Summer.
Chair: Stephen Brookes – Disability Hate Crime Network
Andy Rickell – ADWUK
Asif Iqbal MBE – Harrow United Deaf Club
Jacqueline Winstanley – Equality by Design
Jemma Mindham – Volunteering Matters
Jennifer Smith – Commissioner for Public Appointments
Julie-Jaye Charles – Equalities National Council
Penny Melville-Brown – Disability Dynamics
Ron Alexander – Dial South End
Rose Jefferies – Cabinet Office
New members wanted – please contact us if you would like to join this project group.