Welfare Reform – take part in research

The Disabillity Benefits Consortium are conducting a major two part piece of research to explore the impact of welfare reform on disabled people’s lives. The first part is qualitative, interview-based research, which we’ve commissioned the University of East Anglia and University of Glasgow to undertake.

The academics are looking for 50 disabled people, people with long-term conditions and mental health conditions, to be interviewed to discuss their experiences of claiming ESA, PIP or Universal Credit and the impact that’s had on their lives.

Participants will be reimbursed for their time with a non-cash voucher, interviews can be undertaken over the phone or in-person too (the research team are happy to travel to participants) and costs will be covered. We’re hoping to get all 50 participants in the coming weeks and months (but as soon as possible, really!)

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February 2018 Newsletter

Here is the February 2018 Newsletter/What’s On from Edinburgh Community Voices and AdvoCard:

2018 02 AdvoCard Newsletter

We hope you find the Newsletter useful – it has lots of information about support group meetings and other events in Edinburgh.  If we have included information about your project or event, please check that we have printed the correct information…and let us know if we need to change anything.  You can also get in touch if there is anything you would like us to include on a regular basis or if you would like to write something for a future edition.

The next main Edinburgh Community Voices meeting will take place

  • on Wednesday 7 February 2018
  • between 2pm and 4pm
  • at AdvoCard
  • 332 Leith Walk, EH6 5BR
  • free tea, coffee and biscuits and some good conversation

All welcome including Outlook Students and Redhall Trainees.
Edinburgh Community Voices meetings are open to anyone with lived experience of mental health issues.  If you have not been to and Edinburgh Community Voices meeting before and would like to come along you can call or email to ask us about what we do at the meetings.

The next Cambridge Street Community Voices meeting will be on Wednesday 14 February between 2.00pm and 3.30pm at Cambridge Street House

Outlook Students – more news on the new Outlook Guidance Points;  please see Page 2 of the attached Newsletter.

Patricia and Becky

Get a Grip on PIP

AdvoCard is a member of the Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC).  The DBC has just published a report about problems with Personal Independence Payments (PIP).  The DBC said:

“The organisations that make up the Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC) warn that although PIP is a lifeline for disabled people when they can access it, the findings provide clear evidence that in too many cases, the assessment process is failing people at every turn and having a devastating impact on their health.”

Supporting those who need it most – executive summary

Supporting those who need it most – full report

There is a full blog post about the DBC’s report here:

Failing benefits system leads to ill-health and isolation for disabled people

We are also supporting the campaign, “Ask the government to get a grip on PIP”.  More info is here:

Get a grip on PIP

Third Party Reporting of Hate Crime

In some cases victims and witnesses of Hate Crime do not feel comfortable reporting the matter directly to the Police and may be more comfortable reporting it to someone they are familiar with.

AdvoCard is pleased to announce that its Leith Walk office is now a 3rd Party Reporting Centre for Hate Crime.  Staff have recently received training from Police Scotland in order to assist victims and witnesses to submit reports of Hate Crime to the Police.

You can find out more about 3rd Party Reporting on the Police Scotland website.

On that site, you can also find a list of other 3rd Party Reporting Centres.