DRILL Blog and News

News: University of Worcester Guardian Article

The University of Worcester has launched groundbreaking research into the nationwide shortfall of disabled foster carers. It aims to discover what barriers stop disabled people from applying to become foster carers, and how these can be overcome.

Initial findings from the research, which is funded by the Drill programme (Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning) and the National Lottery, have identified attitudes, fear of benefit loss, wording used by foster agencies, and lack of role models as barriers to disabled people fostering.

“There’s a stigma attached to disability that determines how agencies view disabled people who might apply to be foster carers,” says Peter Unwin, principal lecturer in social work at the University of Worcester and the project’s lead researcher. “They tend to see only the disability and what you can’t do. It’s a very negative mindset that is robbing children of a caring environment and a potential new home.”

For further information about the project please visit mutual-benefits-potential-disabled-people-foster-carers/

Full article available at the guardian foster-carer-best-thing-disabled-people



News: Barod Interim Report

The Bridge is a two-year research project looking at how people with learning disabilities can have real work for real pay.
We are learning about four outcomes:
● How self-advocates can get real work
● What changes when self-advocates see themselves as workers
● How self-advocacy groups can become more independent by trading
● How being more business-like changes how self-advocacy groups are viewed.
The Bridge is funded by Big Lottery through the Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning (DRILL).

For further information on the project please follow the link changing-attitudes communities turning skills experience earnings self advocacy organisations self advocates

Full report available for download at The Bridge – interim report final version April 2019

News: Do you want to have your say about adult social care?

Call for research participants:

If you are a disabled person in Northern Ireland who has experience of adult social care, we would like to interview you for a piece of research called “Is It Me?” How attitudes in the adult social care system impact on the independent living choices for disabled people.”

We want to find out from disabled people how attitudes towards them, good or bad, have impacted upon their social care and on their choices and experiences of independent living. These attitudes might come directly from staff delivering the services, or from the policies and management of adult care services.

Adult social care can be provided by Trusts, the voluntary and community sector or privately. It can include:

  • Day care
  • Domiciliary care (care in

the home)

  • Nursing home care
  • Residential home care
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Social work
  • Respite
  • Information/Advice/


  • Provision of equipment

We believe that disabled people have great expertise because they have lived experience of this issue. We really want to hear what disabled people have to say. These interviews will form the backbone of our research.

We are conducting interviews now. We can to arrange for the researcher to meet you near where you live, or we can arrange to do interviews over the phone, or online. If you would like to be interviewed please contact the DRILL researcher Darlene Corry by phone on 028 9029 7880 or email her at [email protected]

This is a research project led by Disability Action NI through the DRILL (Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning) Programme. The research is being done in co-production with disability activists who understand the rights of disabled people and adult social care.

For further information about the project please follow the link is it me how do attitudes within the social care system impact on the independent living choices of disabled people


News: Boardroom Apprentices wanted for incredible journey.

Could this be you?

Are you willing to give your personal time and play your part in something that really matters to you? Be prepared to be pushed outside your comfort zone?  Eager to learn and get involved?

Must be passionate, committed and share our values. No Board experience. Open to all ages (16+), all backgrounds and all abilities.

In return you get:

12-months experience on a Board within the public/third sector

Training to enhance your knowledge and understanding

A dedicated board buddy and support from fellow Boardroom Apprentices

Play your part in effecting change in our boardrooms

If you are interested in the programme then you can find more information at www.strictlyboardroom.com/apprentice

You can also find us on Twitter @BoardAppr or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/boardroomapprentice/

Please note that the closing date is Monday 20th May at 4pm sharp and all applications must be completed in one sitting.




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Tomorrow is the start of UK Disability History month which this year is focusing on disabled leaders throughout history and their struggle for acceptance #UKDHM https://t.co/6KnFfdbckQ

Did you know that DRILL is the world's first major research programme led by disabled people? Projects with @DisRightsUK, @DisabilityWales, @InclusionScot & @disabilityni have already identified approaches to enable disabled people to live independently. https://t.co/fiDKylG6Vy

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