Eleven projects across the UK are the latest to receive between £39,000 and £150,000 each of previously awarded funding to explore aspects of how disabled people can live as full citizens in our society.
The projects, which include exploring employment opportunities, housing and social care services for disabled people, are the latest to be funded by DRILL (Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning) programme, a £5 million research scheme led by disabled people and funded by Big Lottery Fund.
The announcement coincides with DRILL’s call for new bids for funding, which is announced this week – it is looking to allocate another £1 million.
All DRILL projects are led by disabled people or people with long term health conditions, working in co-production with academics and policy makers.
The latest grants were approved by the DRILL Central Research Committee, which is chaired by Professor Tom Shakespeare. He said:
“Once again, a terrific set of applications to the DRILL scheme. The Research Committee are delighted to be able to support work about adapted housing, autism, young disabled people, disabled parents and other important issues, from all parts of the United Kingdom. It’s particularly rewarding to see the strong new relationships which are emerging between disabled people’s organisations and university researchers.”
Sadly none in Cumbria but do check out the successful projects: