Disability Advice Service Lambeth (DASL) is a disabled people's organisation which works with disabled people, including those with mental health support needs, older people and carers, mainly in the London Borough of Lambeth.
We were set up in 2001, having previously operated since 1984 as a project of a larger charity, Lambeth Accord, under the name ‘In the Know’.
Our organisation is controlled by disabled people through our Management Committee, which has a majority of disabled trustees, and our growing membership.
DASL is funded by Lambeth Council to provide the independent Direct Payments Support Service, offering information, advice and training on Personal Budgets, and specifically, Direct Payments.
Our service to includes :
Initial information about Personal Budgets including Direct Payments;
Support with your application for a Direct Payment including liaison with Social Services;
Set-up information and advice and training on managing your Personal Budget/Direct Payment;
Support and training with recruitment of your own staff;
General advice on employees’ rights and employers’ responsibilities;
Support to review your own and your PA’s training needs and to access Skills for Care funding for you as an individual employer and for your staff;
Advice on managing your personal assistants;
Advice on your Money Management Options including helping you arrange third party and payroll services if you wish;
Assistance and training to use CarePlace to find the right services on which to use your Personal Budget;
On-going support with issues that arise once you are using a Personal Budget/Direct Payment.
We also provide:
Information and general advice on Personal Budgets/Direct Payments for professionals;
Activities such as presentations and displays to promote Personal Budgets including Direct Payments within the local community;
Peer Support sessions for service users to meet and discuss DP issues;
Facilitation of meetings for service users with service providers and other professionals;
Partnership and policy work with Lambeth Council and other organisations with an interest in Personal Budgets including Direct Payments.
Our service is available to people from all care groups eligible for Personal Budgets, including Direct Payments and, where applicable, their carers. Self-Funders can also contact us for information and advice.