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TOPIC: Increasing my voluntary work

Re:Increasing my voluntary work 7 years 8 months ago #14493

<quote>I think the DWP would like you to make a contribution to society, as long as it doesn't involve the receipt of incapacity/disability benefits.</quote>

I recall an episode of All in the Mind (BBC radio) on which two people were interviewed, a spokesman for the Pathways scheme and a psychiatrist involved in running a back-to-work project. The spokesman for Pathways enthused about how they offered support in the form of six back-to-work interviews, then the psychiatrist told the story of someone with bipolar disorder who'd been in their supported scheme for thirteen years before she was able to move into paid employment. It illustrated the gap between the government and DWP's notion of what it takes to get people like me back into work and what people working with us find is the reality.

One day I'll get back into paid work and I'll stick two fingers up at the DWP and be glad I'm only fighting for other people's benefits, not my own.

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Re:Increasing my voluntary work 7 years 8 months ago #14496

  • Ricardo
Hiya Survivor and CD,

I can empathise entirely.
I am in a similar situation but on physical grounds.
What possibly won't be taken into consideration is that despite the fact i do about 20 hrs a week some weeks when i am able (varyingto zero because of the fog and the pain), is that i live 100yrds from where i volunteer , i can leave at any point when i want , i can have days , weeks off whenever i am too ill with no come back.

I am also retraining at the same time in a field totally different to the one i have been doing all my life, and coincidentally wish i had found this field of work earlier.(I could not physically do my old job).

If i fail a PCA or in the future a WCA and lose an appeal then i would have to find some sort of work within six months to qualify for disability tax credits and hence the disability premium in HB. If during any future work i was ill and had consistent time off then i would have to go on ESA , as SSP would not be available to me for a time etc etc etc .
I don't think of what if's anymore but am prepared for most outcomes, but its best not to dwell.

Ironically , when WRA finally gets started , i will be required to do some training/work/etc at their request otherwise face possible sanctions, and if i refuse medical treatment that could be calculated to get me back to work then i could also face sanctions.(Funny it is also your right to refuse treatment otherwise)

It certainly doesn't seem to pay to make the best of a bad situation,or try your hardest to make yourself employable at a later date.

Just some thoughts , meanwhile i carry on with my master plan to employment.I have no other choice as a four walled cell with daytime tv doesn't suit me!

Rich

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Re:Increasing my voluntary work 7 years 8 months ago #14498

Ricardo wrote:

What possibly won't be taken into consideration is that despite the fact i do about 20 hrs a week some weeks when i am able (varyingto zero because of the fog and the pain), is that i live 100yrds from where i volunteer , i can leave at any point when i want , i can have days , weeks off whenever i am too ill with no come back.

Rich


I also have flexibility. I work as one of a pool of volunteers, quite a few of whom come in in the morning and leave early. By contrast, I have difficulty getting started some days and so sometimes have to call in sick and maybe get there at lunchtime and do the afternoon. It works well, but what employer is going to have that flexibility? Someone paying people isn't going to have enough staff to allow for various people turning up or not turning up, whereas we have about 12 advisers turning up on any given day to do about 24 cases and an individual can handle 3-5 cases, which allows plenty of scope for flexibility.

This is enabling me to build up my reliability in a safe environment where staffing numbers mean that I'm not letting anyone down if I can't make it in.

But someone looking at bare numbers on a piece of paper doesn't see that.

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