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Disability Eqaulity NW










103 Church Street




01772 558863


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Who are we?


Disability Equality North West (DENW) is based in Preston, Lancs. We are a Disabled People’s Organisation (DPO - run and controlled by disabled people).  Our work is to “further the human rights of disabled people across the North West of England”.


We do this by promoting the Social Model of disability and including disabled people in everything we do and in the strategic work we pursue with our local, regional and national partners.


Although our direct services are aimed predominantly at disabled people in Lancashire – our Information and Advice service answers enquiries from throughout the North West, with a high number of enquiries coming from East Lancashire and South Lakes, Cumbria.


We are a small organisation which is trying to cover a wide geographical area.  We are trying to establish better links with Cumbria.  For this reason, being members of CAN is a vital first step to accessing Cumbria’s voluntary and community networks.


Please visit our website to see how we will try to work with, and support the Cumbria Advice Network.  You can also download our service leaflet from here too.



What do we do?


The organisation has over 2,000 individual members (disabled people) and 500 associate members from across Lancashire. We support over 40 skilled volunteers and launched our new Volunteer Bureau in November 2010 enabling disabled people to volunteer both at DENW and within other agencies across the County. In the last year we helped over 3,000 individuals, 1,000 carers or relatives and 64 Disabled people’s organizations.


Our main services are:


Information and Advice

Last year our information and advice service has provided independent living support by answering over 2000 general inquiries and helped over 500 people to apply for benefits such as Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance and Housing benefit. The service is part of the Community Legal Service network.


Hate Crime

DENW is a Third Party Reporting Centre for Disability Hate Crime and a member of the Crown Prosecution Service Hate Crime Scrutiny Panel. Through this work we have: supported a number of disabled people to report crimes and incidents, generating important press coverage; trained operational police officers; and worked closely with the hate Crime teams of Lancashire Constabulary. 


Human Rights and Disability Equality Training

We have a number of trainers, all with personal experience of disability, who can provide full or half day tailored sessions covering: Human Rights, The Single Equality Act, Social v Medical Models of disability, Barriers, Language, Stereotypes and Disability legislation.


We are one of 9 DPO’s across the country, who are working with the Government’s Office for Disability Issues and the United Kingdom Disabled People’s Council to monitor how the UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled People is working in practice.

This report will be presented to the UN in Geneva in July 2011.