Monthly Archives: March 2018

Disability and Work Capacity Benefits Support

Thanks to the Legal Education Foundation, Comic Relief and Neon Tribe, SeAp has created and developed a new web app called c-App that offers guidance, advice and support on most aspects of the application process for people applying for Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and Personal Independent Payment (PIP).

SeAp has provided independent advocacy support to people going through what used to be DLA and Incapacity Benefit but is now PIP and ESA, and they have a 100% success rate when supporting people to challenge a decision when they disagreed with the decision the assessors had made. They understand that people who have an upcoming medical assessment or who are filling in the forms can feel nervous, sometimes reluctant or unsure of how to describe the extent to which they can be debilitated by their conditions. Combined with the stress of having to undertake a medical assessment and all the things that need to be remembered along with this, it can mean that assessors often don’t get an accurate idea of what the person’s situation is really like.

That’s why they have created c-App. Two free web-apps, one for ESA and one for PIP that offer guidance, advice and support on most aspects of the application process. You can even try the sort of questions you may be asked by an assessor.

These sites will help you learn more so you:

  • Understand what the benefits are and how to apply.
  • Understand the forms and the assessment processes.
  • Know how to answer the questions in your assessment.
  • Know more about your rights.

You can also practice, at your own pace, the sort of questions you’ll be asked. This will help you:

  • Be more confident about the forms and ready for your assessment.
  • Get clear about what you need to mention in your assessment.
  • Get an idea of whether you’ll qualify for benefit, and at what level, when you do the assessment for real.

These sites have been brought to you by seAp, an independent charity that provides free and confidential advocacy services, and has been developed by Neontribe.

Hollie Guard

In danger? A simple shake or tap activates Hollie Guard, automatically sending your location and audio/video evidence to your designated contacts.

 

Learn more and Download the Hollie Guard App 

This is a free app that turns your smartphone into an advanced personal safety device at the touch of a button. If in danger you shake your phone to generate an alert to your designated person letting them know your location. It also starts recording audio/visual evidence which is stored on secure servers and is automatically sent to your emergency contact via text and email.  Shaking your phone again sends out a high pitched alarm and the flash starts to strobe in order to attract attention.

There are other features on the app including a journey feature which allows you to notify your friends, family and co-workers of your movements. An email or text will be generated and sent to your emergency contacts when you have you safely completed your journey.  There is also a meetings feature which allows you to identify when are going to a meeting or working alone.

The Hollie Guard App is ideal for children, teenagers, lone workers, domestic violence victims, etc.

Shared Lives

Shared Lives Plus provide a membership network of Shared Lives and HomeShare schemes around the country which match people who want extra support at home with people who have a spare room and love to give.

Learn more by visiting their website.

Wiltshire Council Shared Lives Scheme
Kennet House, Sergeant Rogers Way, Hopton Industrial Estate, SN10 2ET
Ronni Lever
Tel: 01380 826458
Email: sharedlives@wiltshire.gov.uk

Ali Hall, Development Officer for young people in transition
Tel: 07387 418741
Email: alison@sharedlivesplus.org.uk

Makaton Training Foundation Workshop

Foundation Course in Makaton for Professionals and Practitioners

When?       21st and 28th April 2018 9.30am – 4.00pm

Where?      Dennis Marsh Hall, Westminster Road, Salisbury, SP2 7DG

Cost:          £120 per person

Who for?    Recommended for professionals & practitioners – anyone who wants to use Makaton in a setting (e.g. teachers, LSAs, early years staff, medical staff)

Learn:        Over 200 signs and symbols and how to put it into practice

Receive:    2 days of tuition, workshop manuals and a certificate

For more information contact Sonia Sansom on 01225 761928/07817 160793 or soniasansom@hotmail.com

Makaton Training for Parents and Carers

Beginners Course in Makaton for Parents and Carers

When?       2nd and 9th May 2018 9.30am – 4.00pm

Where?      Dennis Marsh Hall, Westminster Road, Salisbury, SP2 7DG

Cost:          £90 per person (discretionary discounts are available, so please ask)

Who for?    Recommended for family members and carers who would like to use Makaton in a home setting.

Learn:        Over 200 signs and symbols and how to put it into practice

Receive:    2 days of tuition, workshop manuals and a certificate

For more information contact Sonia Sansom on 01225 761928/07817 160793 or soniasansom@hotmail.com

Kooth – free online mental health support for 11 to 19 year olds

Free Online Mental Health Support for Children and Young People, aged 11-19 (up to 19th birthday) in Wiltshire and Swindon.

Did you know there was an anonymous free online counselling site for children and young people in Wiltshire and Swindon? The site is www.Kooth.com. It’s a professional online counselling and emotional support service funded and commissioned by the local authority.

Kooth gives young people anonymous and timely access to qualified psychotherapists, Emotional Wellbeing Practitioners and British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) certified counsellors via any connected device, including a smartphone.

It offers year-round, live text-based chat up to 10pm every night. It also gives young people access to self-help resources, moderated forums and discussion groups. They can book scheduled chats with named counsellors and are free to read and contribute to Kooth’s online magazine.

Children and young people can live text chat confidentially about anything, from anxiety, stress and relationships to bullying, drug use and sexual health issues.

Kooth has a robust safeguarding practice to ensure it is a safe, supportive and accessible service for young people, in a non-stigmatising environment.

Sexting

It may feel awkward, but it’s important to explain to children the risks of sexting, how to stay safe and remind them that they can talk to you if something ever makes them feel scared or uncomfortable. Sexting can be seen as harmless, but creating or sharing explicit images of a child is illegal, even if the person doing it is a child.

As of January 2016 in England and Wales, if a young person is found creating or sharing images, the police can choose to record that a crime has been committed but that taking formal action isn’t in the public interest.

For information and advice about how to talk to your child about sexting, visit the NSPCC website.

How to report an inappropriate image

If you are under 18 years of age and an explicit or nude image of you has been shared online, there is confidential help for you to get it removed. If you’re 18 or older, contact the website(s) where you’ve seen the image or video, or report it to the police. Click here for more information about how to report inappropriate images and how to get inappropriate images removed.

ImaYDIT (“I Made It”) Project

The ImaYDiT (“I Made It”) project is run by Wiltshire Centre for Independent Living in conjunction with University of the West of England and funded by DRILL (Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning).

Led by young disabled people aged 14-25 it is exploring young people’s hopes and dreams for their future in modern society.

We now have 7 peer researchers who helped us to host our first 2 research events at Fairfield Farm College, which were a real success. Please see our Facebook page for more information / pictures about what has been happening.

We are hosting another research event on Saturday 24th March, again at Fairfield Farm College, this is an open event where we would like to invite young people with disabilities, aged 14-25, from across Wiltshire, to come and join in with one of our ‘knowledge cafes’, sharing their thoughts about their hopes and dreams for the future.

The café will run from 10am-12.30 drinks and snacks will be provided during the event, mileage costs and taxis can be provided where needed. We will have Sam Church the brilliant cartoonist there capturing all of the ideas.

We have space for 15 young people to attend – so please let me know ASAP if you would like to be part of this exciting research event. (Booking essential)

If you cannot make this event, but still want to take part in the research please let me know and we will find a way to ensure your voice is heard (whether that be via a one to one visit or sending us your thoughts via email).

Please don’t hesitate to contact Nikki if you would like any further information / to book your place. Contact Nikki Cull (Project Coordinator) Email: nikkicull@wiltshirecil.org.uk Tel: 07403 553462.