New CIC for deafness and disability bodies

A new community interest company is being established to represent deaf and disability organisations in London.

The project to establish the London Community Interest Company of Deaf and Disability Organisations is being coordinated by London Councils and funded by Capacitybuilders’ Improving Reach programme.

The decision to launch the CIC was made in the light of research commissioned by Capacitybuilders in July 2007, which showed that black and minority ethnic, refugee and migrant disability organisations needed more support services.

London Councils will provide funding of £285,000 a year from 2008 to 2012.

Independent Living Alternatives, a charity that promotes the right of disabled people to live independently, has been awarded £121,000 from the Improving Reach programme to do research into the problems deaf and disabled people from BME and refugee and migrant communities have when trying to access services.

The research will inform the approach and delivery of the new London CIC, according to a Capacitybuilders statement.

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