As many of you will know, I’ve been reviewing our membership renewals recently. Consequently, I’ve already spoken to a lot of you over the past few weeks to say a big thank you for choosing to be part of the ARC community again this year. We look forward to continuing our work together! I will be carrying on with these calls over the coming weeks and look forward to speaking to more of you.

As part of this we are also looking to update our contact records. You can really help me out with this by completing and returning this short pro-forma to me at Esther.Oddy@arcuk.org.uk, to let us know of any changes in CEO, other personnel, or to your own contact details within your organisation over the last 12 months.

Another key task for me at the moment is assisting with organising our Annual Conference – ‘Here and Now’ inclusion and human rights for people with learning disabilities – on 8th October at Wolverhampton Racecourse. Full details are in the next section of this newsletter, including how to book your place. It’s great to see that we already have people from as far afield as Northern Ireland coming along to hear from Nicholas Paines QC (Public Law Commissioner for England and Wales) and David Brindle (Guardian Public Services Editor), amongst other speakers. This will also be the launch of the findings of our five-year Here to Stay project, in conjunction with the University of Wolverhampton, to increase our knowledge of people with learning disabilities from new migrant communities in England.

In other ARC news, we are celebrating our 1 year anniversary of on-line DBS checks.

As you may know, ARC have been processing DBS applications since 2002. But during the last 12 months we have transferred from paper to a dedicated on-line system. We offer checks to a wide range of both member and non-member organisations, like yours, with a secure, fast and efficient service and we deliver:

• Bespoke on-line portal. User friendly. Flexible input for both applicants and employers.
• From one screen you can manage all applications, includes a link to DBS tracking
• Results are typically returned within days
• A downloadable e-certificate (on clear results)
• Adult First and External ID Validation tool with results received usually within 48 hours
• Dedicated email and telephone help-line to help you every step of the way
• Up to date website with comprehensive guidance
• Registration with ARC Disclosure Service is FREE and we can usually provide you with access to our on-line portal within an hour of creating an account. The only cost involved will be the disclosures you request. No minimum number of checks.

Do you know what you currently pay for your searches?

We are offering our Disclosure Service to you at a reduced cost for one month – you will only pay our membership price! Why not try it out for yourself if you haven’t already!

Competitive prices, below:

Enhanced Disclosure: £54 including admin fee of only £10
Standard Disclosure: £36 including admin fee of only £10
Volunteer Disclosure: £10 admin fee only
Interested? Contact us at disclosureservice@arcuk.org.uk or take a look at our DBS page on our website 

Lastly, as a gentle reminder to those of you who have not yet had the opportunity to pay your annual membership fee, let me know if you would like your invoice to be reissued.

As an ARC member you can benefit from opportunities to build relationships and collaborate through joining in at network meetings and events, contribute to campaigns to influence policy at all levels, and having access to a wide range of publications, events, conferences, training and qualifications, as well as using our online job vacancy listing service.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or queries – my email is Esther.Oddy@arcuk.org.uk and my telephone number is 01246 555 043.