Forth Valley Advocacy have launched a new service offering advocacy support to people going through the PIP and ESA assessment processes. Ian Dunsmore is the new worker taking on this role and here he explains what his post is about:
“I am a benefits assessment advocacy worker. I am part of an independent and free service that works for vulnerable people. Essentially, my job is to attend disability benefit assessments with clients, while making sure that they are educated on the assessment and are supported throughout the process. As an advocacy worker, I can also speak during assessments when required, to make sure clients are treated as fairly as possible, and can also prompt them to speak if they have forgotten to mention any details of their condition.
I hope to make the often degrading process of benefits assessments as painless as possible for people with mental health issues, learning difficulties or persons aged 65 and over, and will ultimately attempt to help people receive the benefits they deserve.
If you think that you or someone you know could benefit from this service, please don’t hesitate to contact me, as I want to help as many people as I can!”
Many thanks to Ian for popping out to FDAMH to explain his role to our staff. If you feel Ian could be of assistance, you can contact Ian on his mobile — 07812 666413 (text or call) or by calling the Forth Valley Advocacy Office on 01324 574301.