DFI Policy and Advocacy Response
DFI are sitting on the National Public Health Emergency Team Vulnerable People, NPHET, Subgroup and the COVID-19 Advisory Group on Community Response in the Department of Rural and Community Development. We represent the disability interest and ensure that planning for COVID-19 takes the needs of people with disabilities and disability services into account.
We are working with the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies, the Not for Profit Association and HSE Disability Services to resolve some of the issues facing disability services.
We are also raising the funding issues facing voluntary disability services as a result of COVID-19, along with The Wheel and other voluntary organisations. We are engaging with the Department of An Taoiseach and Department of Public Expenditure and Reform on this issue.
We have also got some media coverage on our work on the National Public Health Emergency Team Vulnerable People, NPHET, Subgroup and the COVID-19 Advisory Group on Community Response in the Department of Rural and Community Development. This is an extract from The Sunday Independent, April 19th. Thanks to The Sunday Independent for allowing use of this extract.
DFI Community Response
Our Community team are working with their network of contacts across community to:
- ensure people with disabilities, and disability services, are included in local crisis planning,
- gather important information about how the crisis is affecting people on the ground (which helps to inform the work our policy team with national decision makers),
- advise Government on how local community responses can be best coordinated at a county level,
- to help community response fora identify people with disabilities, who are not linked to services, and may be vulnerable,
- to ensure communication from local response fora are accessible to people with disabilities in the community
Our network of contacts include Local Authorities, Public Participation Network’s (PPN’s), Local Development Companies or Partnerships and other key stakeholders. DFI also sit on a number of local County response teams. Here is a Map of local Public Participation Network’s (PPN’s).
Community Call for Covid-19 and our Community Work
DFI have worked to see no one left behind and have had input into the Department of Rural and Community Development’s Community Call response.
We lobbied for a central role for Public Participation Networks, PPNs and Local Development Companies or Partnerships. These structures may not have catchy names but they make vital links between local authorities, the HSE and the voluntary disability sector. In other words joining all the dots.
The DFI Membership Support Team are working to:
- Deliver webinars addressing emerging issues on re-deployment, fundraising, and HR questions amongst others.
- Establish online networking forum for members’ fundraising staff (click here to join).
- Conduct a membership survey on Covid-19 effects in relation to revenue and fundraising (Click here to complete the survey).
- Continue supporting CEO’s through a series of ‘virtual lunches’.
- Complete delivery of the QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) Level 8 module ‘Quality Management: Theories, Standards and Practices for Community and Voluntary Organisations’ through online classes.