Disability Solutions West Midlands (DSWM) is a Disabled Peoples User Led Organisation (DPULO) which is run by people with disabilities for people with disabilities, many of who are volunteers. Disability Solutions was formed in 1998 from the merger of three disability groups in North Staffordshire – Disability Advice Line (DIAL), Equal Voices and the Independent Living Centre. We are a registered charity and company limited by guarantee.

Our organisation enables people who are affected by disability to fully participate and integrate in all aspects of modern society through the provision of accessible, quality assured client led services that meet the needs of people with a disability or long term, life limiting health condition.

We fully support the social model of disability, which reflects society’s inability or unwillingness to take account of an individual’s impairment, which may lead to them being disadvantaged, restricted or excluded from full participation in mainstream roles and activities. The impairment could be physical, learning, sensory, behavioural and mental or any combination of these.

With over 30 years of dedicated experience Disability Solutions West Midlands supports people with disabilities by providing: Welfare Benefit Advice, Information, Personal Health Budgets, Volunteering, Training, Activities and so much more…. Making us the leading pan disability organisation in Staffordshire.

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Connecting Choices Participant Survey

The project will work with 1,784 unemployed people who are at most risk of social exclusion to help them progress into training, volunteering and work.

The aims

  • Improve social inclusion,
  • Employability skills to enable people to take up employment,
  • Improve the take up of vocational learning including apprenticeships and increase levels of work experience and volunteering,
  • Improve confidence, self-esteem and levels of digital engagement to access services and employment opportunities,
  • Improve financial capacity and money management skills,
  • Improve access to childcare,


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