Innovation and Sustainability Programme

The Council for Disabled Children is delighted to announce that we have awarded 20 local voluntary and community sector organisations a total of over £180,000 as part of our Innovation and Sustainability Programme.

The Innovation and Sustainability Programme is part of our work as Strategic Reform Partner and funded by the Department for Education. The programme is intended to support the development of capacity building across the voluntary and community sector as well as the implementation of the government’s proposed SEN and disability reforms, as outlined in the Children and Families Bill. 

At the final count CDC received over 200 applications featuring a wide range of creative ideas linking to the SEN and disability reforms and leading to more sustainable ways of working. The bids were of a very high standard and highlighted the great work going on across England in support of disabled children, young people with SEN and their families.

The successful 20 projects were selected as they were particularly innovative, clearly demonstrated how they will increase the organisation's sustainability and had a focus on the participation of disabled young people and those with SEN and families within their work.

The selected organisations range from Decipha based in North London who will be running a leadership programme for young people 19-25 with life-limiting conditions; to Sign Hi Say Hi! in Blackpool who are running workshops for young people to engage them in development of their local offer. A full list of grant recipients, and information on their projects, can be found below

Both CDC and the Department for Education are delighted to have the opportunity to support so many great projects.


Our 2012 Programme

Last year we supported 19 organisations to improve their sustainability through innovative projects.

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