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112 Years of service!
We reported earlier in the year the work DENW was doing to support those ex Remploy workers in Preston. The Office for Disability Issues and the DWP have asked us to continue this project for another 6 months.
During the short time we have provided this support DENW opted for a “whole organisation” approach providing the participants with an access route into all our services within safe, supported and flexible group sessions.
The project’s main objectives were to enable the participants to increase:
Self Esteem and confidence
Skills and knowledge
Use and awareness of social and community activities
Employability and help them find paid work
After some difficulties in contacting them we were in touch with nine ex-employees and worked consistently with six.
Outcomes have all been positive across the three goals listed above.
Most significantly, all reported feeling more confident and more able to deal with moving into other work. In fact, three of the group have now found other work and two have taken up meaningful volunteering. All feel more connected to community activities and resources and more confident about seeking advice and further training in the future.
One highlight was the history project which the group did to raise awareness of what the Remploy factories did and the history of supported employment . They worked with Lancashire Archives and the Sound archives to record and store information for future generations and local historians. This information was disseminated throughout Preston and people were invited to attend an exhibition and to learn more.
This was a small piece of work done within the project but is one that generated lots of interest and so could be built upon in the future.
DENW has benefited too from the work as we have now established more effective links with agencies such as Remploy, Ingeus and our local Job Centre staff.
It has also enabled to us to develop a model of support which could be used for other disabled people.
We will publish our full report later in the year.
The Bristol based
team who ran the Confidential Inquiry into premature deaths of people with
learning disabilities has worked with The Misfits Theatre Company to make a DVD
which presents the findings of the Confidential Inquiry through the stories of
John, Bill, Karen and Emily.
This can be accessed at using the link below to youtube.
Alternatively if you would like a copy of the DVD then please email your address to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01173310980
Following the last post regarding the "bedroom tax" exemption from those who have been in continuous receipt of housing benefit since 1996.
Due to drafting problems in the original legislation thousand of people in social housing are unlawfully being subject to the Under Occupancy Charge or "bedroom tax" as it has been labelled.
New rulings mean that if you have been in continuous payment of housing benefit since 1st January 1996 you cannot be charged for under occupancy. This may be particularly important for those families where children may now have grown and left home.
If you are unsure or need help to correct your housing benefit payment please contact our Information and Advice Service.
We are trying to establish what redress those who have already been forced to move without reason.
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