News – Benefits

Welfare Benefits Service back in FDAMH

We’re delighted to announce that new funding means our successful partnership with Grangemouth Citizens Advice Bureau will once again see a Welfare Benefits Worker at FDAMH on a weekly basis, specifically focusing on the needs of people affected by mental health issues. From the 21st April 2016 Laura will be joining us on Thursdays, offering appointment slots from 9.30am to 2.30pm. Additional support will also be available at the Grangemouth CAB office on Wednesdays. You can book an appointment at FDAMH by popping by or phoning reception: 01324 671600. Please note – it speeds things up if you can bring as much paperwork about your query as possible to your first appointment.

Tag: Benefits, FDAMH, Mental Health
13/04/2016 at 12:34 pm

New Service from Forth Valley Advocacy – Support through PIP & ESA

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.

Tag: Benefits, Local Services
01/07/2015 at 11:49 am

Your views on Personal Independence Payments are wanted!

Have you claimed, or tried to claim the Personal Independence Payment (PIP)? The Welfare Reform Committee is keen to hear the views of anyone who has experience of the process and are accepting people’s comments by email or by post. We have no doubt that many of you have valid points and experiences that should be shared. Grasping opportunities to share your views with the people that matter is essential if systems and services are to be improved; so please consider taking part. All of the details are available on the Scottish Parliament website .

Tag: Benefits, User Involvement & Consultation
09/01/2015 at 10:15 am

Another welfare session announced!

John Niblo, our Welfare Benefits Advisor, will be running a session on the Atos assessment procedure. John and his colleague Katie have made information sessions a regular event at FDAMH now, picking subjects that they are commonly approached for help with. There will be a presentation followed by open discussion. The session takes place on Wednesday 27th August at 1pm in our Drop-In Centre – please just come along if you’d like to attend.

Tag: Benefits
22/08/2014 at 1:22 pm

Health Checks at FDAMH – Is it time you had an MOT?

Thanks to the NHS’s Keep Well Project, FDAMH has been providing free health checks for clients and volunteers on Wednesday afternoons. The health checks are entirely private and confidential and are provided by Claire, one of the project’s nurses. The check includes looking at your blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, weight and life style issues. These checks are open to ANY of our service users or volunteers. Having helped to identify one participant’s dangerously high blood pressure, the benefits of the checks are clear to see! Please just speak to any member of staff if you’d like to book a slot, and remember these checks are open to ALL FDAMH’s service users and volunteers, including those of you who are not based at the Victoria Centre e.g. befrienders and befriendees.

Tag: Activities, Befriending, Benefits, Counselling, Drop-In, Link/Social Prescribing Service, Support Groups, Volunteering
05/06/2014 at 10:16 am

Get Involved – An invitation to ALL service users and carers

If you use any of FDAMH’s services or you are a carer associated with FDAMH, our new involvement worker, Linda, would love to meet with you on Thursday 19th June at 2pm at the Victoria Centre. Linda’s role is to help ensure that the opinions, views and ideas of people using mental health services and those of their carers are taken into account by the providers of those services.

This meeting is an informal ‘meet and greet’ session to give you the opportunity to get to know Linda, find out about the work she will be doing and discover how you can stay informed and get involved.

If you’d like to attend please just turn up on the day. If you’d love to find out more, but can’t attend this meeting, then please just get in touch directly with Linda McGonigle at FDAMH.

Tag: Befriending, Benefits, Counselling, Drop-In, FDAMH, Link/Social Prescribing Service, Support Groups
04/06/2014 at 2:56 pm