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2nd July 2015 – SPECTRUM Announces THREE competitions with BIG prizes.

Want to win £50 or a tablet computer? Details are in our latest newsletter.
Download a copy of the newsletter by clicking here

1st July 2015 – ULO Mentors wanted

SPECTRUM is looking to recruit organisations or individuals with suitable expertise to provide mentoring support to new and developing User Led Organisations and community groups in Hampshire. If you are interested please send an expression of interest by 5pm on 28th July.


For further details and Expression of Interest forms email:

Download a copy of the tender specification by clicking here

Download a copy of the ULO Mentoring Expression of Interest form by clicking here


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1st July 2015 – SPECTRUM announces website and Learning Centre launch event on 28th July 2015

SPECTRUM is hosting an event to launch our new website and the opening of our new ‘Your Way’ IT and Learning Centre in partnership with Diversity and Ability

Come along and be the first to see and try out our new professionally designed website, with a host of new accessibility features and extensive information resources for Disabled People and other users.

There will also be an opportunity to visit our new Your Way Learning Centre, offering a range of Information Technology and Assistive Technology training and support. You can try out the new equipment – and surf our new website while you are there. There will be people around to assist you.

Plus, you can find out about our new employment training and support services aimed at helping Disabled People to get into and stay in work. You will be able to meet our staff teams, who will be happy to answer any questions.

There will be guest speakers, light buffet lunch and refreshments and opportunities for networking.

So put the date in your diary –Tuesday 28th July (Launch from Midday till 2.30pm, followed by an ‘open house – drop-in and try’ until 6pm). We look forward to seeing you there!!
(Please RSVP by downloading and returning the return form here)

SPECTRUM has produced a Special Website Edition of our Newsletter to tell you much more about our plans for improving the way we provide information and SPECTRUM’s two exciting new projects.
Download a copy of the newsletter by clicking here

Finally, if you would like to see advance information about the training courses planned from our IT Learning Centre:
Download the promotional flyer here

Thank you, I look forward to seeing you on the 28th.

Ian Loynes
Chief Executive, SPECTRUM


FEBRUARY 2015: International recognition for SPECTRUM CIL’s User Led Organisation Project

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We are proud to announce that SPECTRUM CIL’s User Led Organisation Project, funded by Hampshire County Council, has won an award from the Essl Foundation/United Nations sponsored Zero Project, which held its annual awards ceremony and conference in Vienna in February 2015. We were one of 39 innovative practices recognised with an award and we showcased our ULO project at the United Nations Headquarters in Vienna in February.

The Zero Project awards are made to organisations demonstrating innovative practices, which, in 2015, are focused on the theme of Independent Living and Political Participation. User Led Organisations (run and controlled by people who use local services) are at the heart of developments to extend community participation in decision making, both in Hampshire and nationally. The finalists were selected by an international panel of experts from a total of over 230 nominations from 58 different countries.

You can read SPECTRUM’s Zero Project ULO Project Presentation here

You can read the Zero Project 2015 report here

For more information about the User Led Organisation Project, see:

The Zero Project also recognised Disability Rights UK‘s innovative practices in relation to their self directed support helpline and platform on personalised care – See more at:


DECEMBER 2014: STOP PRESS – SPECTRUM Centre for Independent Living has won the Overall Independent Living Initiative award at the 2014 Independent Living Awards run by Breakthrough UK. Baroness Jane Campbell DBE said ‘We need to recognise the important role of Disabled People’s Organisations (DPO) in 2014, a time when independence for many is under threat. Over the last 30 years Spectrum CIL have played a pivotal role in delivering Independent Living opportunities and influencing social policy. They have grown and developed whilst always keeping true to their values and objectives.’. For more information about the awards, check out the Breakthrough UK awards page.


SPECTRUM has a NEW Direct Payments Website.  Please visit for information and fact sheets on all aspects to do with Direct Payments and PA management.  Please bear in mind this site is still in its developmental stage.  If you feel there is any information missing, please contact us.