Disability Partnership - Updates
- Created: Tuesday, 29 March 2011 09:39
Partner Updates March 2012
If your project is closing at the end of March when funding comes to an end, you mau be looking for future support for your clients. The new Helpt to Work Plus project will be starting soon after April and will provide one-to-one mentoring plus a wide range of suppoer from other partners. This project is open to people with long-term health conditions/disabilities who are residents in Bolsover District and Chesterfield Borough and who are unemployed.
If you have eligible clients who need futher assistance, please pass their contact details on to Penny and she will make contact with them as soon as possible.
Help to Work Directory
Please check out the directory at www.helptowork.bolsover.gov.uk. It includes partners' provision, eligibility criteria and contact details. If the free support that your organisation offers to unemployed residents of Bolsover District or Chesterfield Borough is not already featured, please get in touch to get your information included. If your organisation is already covered, please check that the details are still correct - and let Penny have any changes, additions or deletions.
Partner Updates February 2012
Support for People with Mental Health Conditions
This support may be just what some of your clients need - alongside your own employment support. Rethink Floating support service in Bolsover is for clients who have mental health problems. The service works with clients who want to tackle issues such as day to day living, debt, housing, relationships etc. but also includes returning to work or maintaining their current occupation.
Time to Change grants fund - now open for applications
The grants fund will make awards to approximately 75 community projects across England between May 2012 and March 2015. It funds projects that tackle stigma and discrimination by bringing people with and without mental health problems together.
Lots of unemployed people have mental health conditions so this could be something that supports your activities.
For more information click here.
Age Concern Diversity in Practice project.
Age concern is developing a social enterprise intending to improve the way that disabled people are treated whilst accessing shops, services and places of public resort within the Chesterfield, Bolsover and North East Derbyshire areas.
In order to gain further information to develop a business plan for the project a series of facilitated focus groups are being held, inviting disabled persons to attend and give their views on accessibility of premises and quality of service offered.
The focus groups are:
Attendance at the focus groups is limited to 20 delegates at each event so please act early.
Personal Empowerment course for disabled people
Building self-confidence is a major step on the road back to work so this free five day course offered by Disability Derbyshire at their Shirebrook offices may be ideal for your clients.
For more information telephone - 01623 744664.
Grant Programme - Understanding and combating fuel poverty.
Eaga Charitable Trust provides financial support for work that contributes to combating fuel poverty and ensuring services are fair and accessible for all groups in society. The main focus of the support has always been to promote a better understanding the causes of fuel poverty, how to prevent in and which groups are most likely to suffer fuel poverty.
The Grant priority areas include: fuel poverty and disability, fuel poverty and young children, links between fuel poverty and migrant communities, and more.
Debt and Disability
The Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) report highlights a number of issues including how disabled people in financial difficulties face additional problems when service providers (both public and private) fail to recognise their needs or make reasonable adjustments in a consistent way, despite the requirement under Section 20 of the Equality Act 2010 to do so.
CAB Double Disadvantage Report
Public Sector Equality Duty
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has revised its guidance on the Public Sector Equality Duty to reflect the final version of the specific duty regulations made last year for England. As well as a summary guide providing an overview of the equality duty requirements, there are documents which provide more detailed guidance on key areas, and advice on good practice, namely on:
The guidance is in Word format, and can be accessed via the Commission's website.
Partner Updates January 2012
Accessible Transport Campaign
You and your clients can complete a questionnaire and follow this campaign to improve public transport access for disabled passengers and their carers:
A4e currently offer the face to face Money Advice Service in their offices, so should individuals wish to be seen face to face rather than internet/telephone A4E would be happy to arrange regular sessions at your sites. Contact Niki Freeman on 01332 542800
Lincolnshire Funding Opportunity
Lincolnshire County Council as part of The East Midlands Local Authority Consortium (LAC) launched two new European Social Fund (ESF) tenders on January 9th 2012. The closing date for receipt of tenders is 17th February 2012 summaries below:
Provision to support young people age 19 - 24 that are LDD and are at risk of being NEET (CS1) - To develop and deliver customised support packages that will meet the needs of young people age 19 - 24 that have Learning Difficulties & Disabilities (LDD) and are either Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) or are at risk of being NEET.
To Develop a programme of customised skills and training to support vulnerable young people aged 16-19 (16-25 LLDD) who are in work to sustain and progress in employment (CS2) - To develop and deliver customised training and skills packages that will meet the needs of employers and individual vulnerable young people aged 16-19 (16-24 for LLDD) already in employment who need extra up-skilling to ensure more sustainable employment outcomes with increased employer buy in.
Disability Training Workshop
8 February, 10.00-13.00, Bolsover Assembly Rooms.
Disabled People's Mentoring Project
Disability Derbyshire Coalition for Inclusive Living are delivering a free 3-day mentoring training course. If you are a disabled person who has overcome barriers to live a more independent life your skills and life experience will be invaluable in helping other disabled people achieve their goals.
Monday 23, Wednesday 25 and Friday 27 January 2012
Money Advice Service
A new national money advice service has been launched, offering 1-to-1 face-to-face financial advice sessions across the UK. It is a free service that offers independent, sales and jargon-free information on all matters relating to personal finance and provides clear, unbiased money advice to help people make informed choices.
It is suitable for people over age 16 (with an adult or over 18). For more information about the Money Advice Service click here: http://www.lsp.bolsover.gov.uk/images/documents/News/money%20advice%20leaflet.pdf
Influence Government Policy
The government has recently published the Fulfilling Potential paper that outlines three main areas for discussion: realising aspirations, increasing individual control and changing attitudes and behaviours. It seeks practical ways of making a real difference to disabled people's lives. Your comments are sought by 9 March 2012 to contribute to a new national strategy to be published in Spring 2012.
Download the discussion document and find out more about funding on the Office for Disability Issues website: www.odi.gov.uk/fulfillingpotential, http://odi.dwp.gov.uk/odi-projects/fulfilling-potential.php
Partner Updates December 2011
Don't forget that this is a great resource for finding extra support for your clients. New entries have been submitted for Ingeus and Probation Trust and awaiting inputs from DNCC (Work Programme) and ReThink. If you are not included yet, please get in touch.
Partner Updates November 2011
International Day of Disabled People – 3 December
The International Day of Disabled People on 3 December also marked the last 12 months during which local residents with long-term health conditions and disabilities have been given high priority by Bolsover Partnership. Nearly 40 partner organisations have contributed to a directory showing the free support that is on offer – from help with health conditions, to getting back to work. The directory is available on-line at www.helptowork.bolsover.gov.uk and through Jobcentres and Citizen Advice Bureau e-kiosks.
Thanks to Yes Minister: The Department for Work and Pensions has published a report of findings from qualitative research with General Practitioners (GPs) to examine their views on the Statement of Fitness for Work – the fit note. The report provides detailed information about how the fit note has influenced GPs’ certification practice, and GPs’ views on their role in sickness certification.It is part of a wider programme of research to evaluate the fit note, including research with employers.
Key findings of the report:
Reducing the cost of sickness.
Thanks to Yes Minister: Health and Business experts Dame Carol Black and David Frost have presented a report to the government of the results of an independent review aimed at reducing the cost of sickness to employers, taxpayers and the economy and proposes:
Here are some top tips from Abilitynet:
Free mentor training for clients.
This short course might help any of your clients with long-term health conditions/disabilities to build their confidence, develop their CVs and open up new employment opportunities.
Thanks to Yes Minister: The Times and Daily Telegraph have reported that the backlog of appeals by welfare claimants against the removal of their benefits is now long enough that the government has had to hire 84 new judges to deal with it. Both the Times and the Telegraph write that for the first time extra posts have been needed since 2007, when only ten Social Entitlement Chamber judges were recruited to oversee welfare appeals. In recent months 84 have been hired to help to deal with the caseload, at a pro-rata salary of £101,000 per year.
Under the programme to check whether all 2.6 million people on incapacity benefit are actually fit to work, about 11,000 claimants a week are being reassessed.
Judges have warned about the growing queue of people appealing against being taken off benefits.
In 2010-11 the number of appeals in the Social Entitlement Chamber, where welfare appeals are heard, were 23 per cent higher than the preceding year and 72 per cent up on 2008-09.
Supporting BitC to deliver NEA to BDC and CBC clients.
People who have been receiving JSA continuously for more than six months may now be eligible for the New Enterprise Allowance if they choose self-employment as their route to work. With more disabled people being moved on to JSA following Work Capability Assessments, we are delighted to be working with Business in the Community to assist eligible clients to make the best of this opportunity: they can be eligible for the allowance for 26 weeks as the business starts trading and may also be eligible for loans. If you have a client who might be interested, please let us know and we can help move them forward.
Session will cover:
Accessible web sites
Thanks to the E-Access Bulletin, here is some very low cost training for those responsible for web information. Live Essentials: The UK's first e-learning course, delivering a national qualification in web accessibility went live this week. The Web Accessibility Essentials course was developed by digital inclusion charity AbilityNet with the Equality and Human Rights Commission and BCS (the Chartered Institute for IT). For a fee of just under £50, it offers a minimum standard by which web developers and managers can demonstrate their basic competence and commitment to accessibility:
Tight deadline for funding applications
Social entrepreneurs in England who have ambition, drive, determination and a vision to bring about social change are invited to apply for practical and financial support through the UnLtd Millennium Awards.
Level 1 - awards of between £500 and £5,000 for individuals who need help getting their project off the ground. Support is available for project running costs. Applications for Level 1 Awards may be made at any time.
Level 2 - awards of up to £15,000 are available for individuals whose project can be scaled-up to create a sustained impact within their community. In England, the deadline for receipt of applications for the autumn 2011 round is 21 November 2011.
Partner Updates October 2011
Characteristics of ESA claimants
Thanks to the Yes Minister blog: The Department for Work and Pensions published a report on 22 September detailing the findings from a survey of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claimants. The report provides detailed information about the characteristics of people who claim ESA and changes in their employment situation over a period of around 18 months. One of the key findings from the report was that half of people claiming ESA had been in paid work immediately before their claim, and the vast majority of these (85 per cent) had been in employment for most of their working lives. Half had a health condition which was of recent (2008/09) onset.
Those people who were not in work before their claim were found to have a particularly disadvantaged socio-economic profile. Almost one-third had never worked or were long-term unemployed, 41 per cent had no qualifications, 25 per cent had literacy problems, and only 23 per cent were owner-occupiers. The report describes how relatively few claimants had entered work a year to 18 months after their initial claim, regardless of their employment origins. A quarter of people who were in employment before claiming ESA had returned to work by the time of the follow-up survey wave but only nine per cent of those previously out of work had entered employment by that time.
National Development Team
The National Development Team for Inclusion is a not for profit consultancy and training organisation. The organisation is concerned with reducing social exclusion among the most disadvantaged groups in all aspects of life, including employment. They produce a range of useful briefings which people can download from their website http://www.ndti.org.uk/
If you would like to be included in the NDTi database and receive information about events, training days and news please complete the questionnaire on this link. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=Ui9O8rZ_2bTIKDcq_2fNm7AI4A_3d_3d
Working Families Everywhere
Derbyshire County Council has recently gained funding to deliver the ESF Working Families Everywhere initiative. The powerpoint link below offers an overview. Please not that this is different to the Families Initiative.
Perceptions of Universal Credits
Thanks to Yes Minister:
A report based on qualitative research by the Department for Work and Pensions has been published to explore the views of claimants, staff, employers and the wider public about Universal Credit. This is the first in a series of reports on research commissioned to inform the design and deliver of Universal Credit. In total, over 200 respondents in a range of circumstances were engaged through a mixture of focus groups, case studies and in-depth interviews. Research was conducted in six locations across Britain between December 2010 and January 2011.
BASE half price membership
Clowne Community Care Farm
Clowne Community Care Farm is a new social activity in North Derbyshire. Based on a three acre smallholding, the farm offers a range of exciting activities and the chance to gain work experience in a variety of areas. They offer long term work experience placements for adults with learning, physical disabilities, or mental health issues working as part of a team in one of our community enterprise businesses. Support is available at competitive prices, and can be paid for by Direct Payments, from your personalized budget, or SDs money.
Partner Updates September 2011
Equality duties for public sector organisations
If your organisation is part of the public sector, it will need to comply with these new duties by January 2012. There is more information at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2011/2260/contents/made
Personal empowerment course for disabled people
Disability Derbyshire is providing this free course at the end of October.
New Remploy contract
Remploy Employment Services have been selected as preferred bidder to deliver the mental health support service for DWP's Access to Work programme - helping people with mental health conditions to stay in employment. They will be providing from December 2011:
Partner Updates August 2011
European Funding Application Submitted
An application for Eurpean Union PARES funding has been submitted. The project focuses on how different organisations providing elements of employment support can work together. The project will be managed by the Shaw Trust and letters of support have been received from several partner organisations wishing to be involved. In a nutshell, the project will:
European Social Fund Support (ESF) for Families with Multiple Problems
This provision is aimed at individuals in multi generational families with multiple problems that require support to move into employment. The ESF provision will require a whole family approach to tackling the entrenched worklessness and complex need of these families. To be eligible, families will have to have at least one member on out of work benefits and a history of worklessness in the family.
The primary aim is to help individuals progress towards work by achieving progress in specific areas, identified and tailored to the individual throughout the time they are participating in the provision. Recognising that many of the participants will be far from the labour market, a further aim will be to prepare some individuals for entry to the Work Programme.
More information will be available in mid October.
How is the recruitment industry treating disabled people?
Remploy on-line petition.
Demands for “voluntary” payments from bus pass holders.
Extract from a recent note from the Department of transport: It seems that in parts of the UK, some concessionary passengers are being asked to make a voluntary contribution towards their fare, rather than showing their ENCTS pass to allow carriage for free. We understand that on some routes passengers are being told that the bus route is under threat of withdrawal unless money is raised through voluntary contributions.
It is not clear if this is occurring due to a decision made by a bus operator or a Travel Concession Authority. Regardless, it is the Department’s view that this practice should not be taking place.
As some of your clients may have such bus passes, if you hear that such requests have been made, it should be brought to the attention of the Derbyshire County Council (Transport Department) immediately.
Funding for disabled user forums.
On 20 July Maria Miller, the Minister for Disabled People, launched the new programme to support Disabled People's User Led Organisations (DPULOs). This will be a £3million investment over four years that will aim to promote the growth and improve the sustainability of user led organisations. Read more: http://www.varotherham.org.uk/voices-network/voices-network-news/3723-lost-chord-summer-newsletter
Dates for your diary:
13 September - Partner meeting
14 September - Disability in the workplace training session
4 October 2011 - Aspects of Mental Health, supporting people in employment
7 October 2011 - Aspects of Mental Health, supporting people in employment
29 January 2012 - Self Advocacy Support Skills Conference
Partner Updates July 2011
One partner has already expressed willingness to become a lead for the bid, and other organisations are invited to.
Organisations interested in taking part should contact Penny Melville-Brown by close of play 8 July.
Legal action against Disability Living Allowance (DLA) changes.
In a formal announcement on Sunday 3 July Disability Alliance and Unity Law announced they have issued a ‘letter of claim’ (a precursor to possible legal action) to the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).
The organisations cited three government proposals that have led them to launch action against the Coalition:
1. Abolition of low rate care DLA support which is received by 652,000 people who have provided evidence of impairments/health conditions and are acknowledged to be ‘disabled’ by DWP
2. Reduce projected DLA expenditure by 20% (or £2.17 billion)
3. End to DLA mobility support for disabled care home residents without clarity on how potential losses in support for the 78,000 people directly affected (and their families) will be mitigated of particular relevance to our work regarding employment, a survey undertaken in relation to this action found that:
• 56% of the people in work (27% of the respondents who answered this question) said they would have to stop or reduce work if they lost DLA
Survey – housing for disabled people.
Phone survey: Emma Brooker on 01782 753230 - Emma will ring back when convenient.
Support with your business development.
Welfare Reform conference.
Partner Updates June 2011
Launch of Help to Work on-line directory!
Dates for your diary:
13 July - Partner meeting
20-29 July - Personal empowerment course
29 September - North Derbyshire Jobs and training Fair
Update on Work Clubs
Mandatory Work Related Activity comes on stream
Participants will be expected to spend up to 30 hours a week, for 4 weeks on their Work Activity placement and will be required to continue to look for work. Customers who fail to complete a placement without good cause will lose their Jobseeker’s Allowance for a minimum of 3 months.
BASE Practitioners awards
BASE is the membership association for organisations that provide specialist employment support to people with a disability (of any kind) or other economic disadvantage. One of their key roles is to inform and influence policy at national and regional levels. They seek to work closely with other organisations to improve the employment opportunities for people at risk of exclusion from the workplace. BASE actively consult members about their policy position and represent members on a collective basis. They have regular dialogue with Ministers and senior officers across the various Government departments. They are also represented on several task groups and provider forums; and facilitate seven regional networks for their members and these are active in engaging with regional policy makers.
Partner Updates May 2011
Another interesting Partner Meeting took place on 19 May with excellent speakers; and good responses were also received following the training session on 20 May. Useful handouts are available below:
Graduate recruitment grants from Hot Prospects
Partner Updates April 2011
Dates for your diary:
10 May - Remploy Event
11 May - European Regional Development Fund Priority Axis 2 Launch
19 May - Partner meeting
20 May - Partner workshop
7 and 8 June – Disability in the workplace training workshops
29 June and 12 July - Aspects of Mental Health
Work for Yourself
British Association for Supported Employment
Hardest Hit Campaign
Partner Updates 11 March 2011
The first meeting on 9 March was very productive and extremely well attended. So much so that not all interested parties could be included - the room was rather full! Copies of the Provider Directory were issued at the meeting and more are being posted out. Electronic copies are also available and it is hoped that an on-line tool will be developed by the end of March. The next meeting is on 19 May.
Dates for Your Diary:
17 March - Shaw Trust recruitment event for Chesterfield Residents
18 and 25 March - Support for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities
30 March - West Notts College Logistics Academy – Access for All Event
6 April - Incapacity Benefit and Income Support Re-assessment – the Customer Journey
Jobcentre Plus changes
Gold card help with travel
Matching skills to jobs
Mental health in the workplace
Partner Updates February 2011
Dates for your diary:
22 February - Eating Disorder Awareness Week
Opportunity to support people looking for work – in your own workplace
Derbyshire County Council success in supporting people with mental health conditions in to voluntary and paid work
Partner Updates January 2011
Initial interviews with over 20 organisations have already taken place or are scheduled. The information gathered will form the basis of the Provider Directory being constructed.
Public sector equality duty
New Enterprise Allowance (NEA)