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New Benefits Rates for Carers – Information from Social Welfare Training

Neil Arnott at Social Welfare Training has sent through their latest poster (download at the bottom of the page) and details of the latest changes to benefits.

  • State Retirement Pension is being uprated by 2.7% in line with the government’s “triple lock” commitment.
  • the Standard Minimum Guarantee in Pension Credit will be increased to give an equivalent to the cash increase in basic State Pension. The Savings Credit maximum is being reduced.
  • premiums paid to disabled people receiving working-age benefits, and to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claimants in the Support Group, will be uprated by the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) at 2.7%.
  • working-age benefits (main rates) including main elements of Universal Credit and HB personal allowances will be uprated by 1%.
  • The Carers Allowance earnings threshold(above which Carers Allowance is not payable) is increased from £100 to £102.
  • The following stay the same as last year- the Benefit Cap levels ,  childcare costs rates and the capital rules.  
  • Housing Benefit non dependent deductions have been increased by a large amount over the last 3 years and are increased again this year.   

                                                                                                                                                              2013/14  2014/15                                                                                                                      

 

 

 

Deductions                                                                                                              

 

 

Non-dependant deductions

 

 

Aged under 25 and on IS or JSA(IB) or ESA(IR) which does not include an amount for the support component or work-related activity component  

Nil

Nil

Aged 25 or over and on IS or JSA(IB), or aged 18 or over and not in remunerative work

13.60

14.15

In receipt of main phase ESA(IR)

13.60

14.15

In receipt of Pension Credit

Nil

Nil

Aged 18 or over and in remunerative work

 

 

- gross income less than £128:

13.60

14.15

- gross income not less than £128.00 but less than £188.00

31.25

32.45

- gross income not less than £188.00 but less than £245.00

42.90

44.55

- gross income not less than £245.00 but less than £326.00

70.20

72.95

- gross income not less than £326.00 but less than £406.00

79.95

83.05

- gross income not less than £406.00

87.75

91.15

For more details of this and for information about Social Welfare  click here Social Welfare Training 2014-15 A4 poster web version

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Art Competition and Exhibition 2014

The Art Competition is back for a sixth year and we hope to attract as many entries as we did last year. We also hope to continue with our Touring Exhibition which took a selection of work out to public galleries and spaces last year. This was very well received and we intend to repeat this. 

Art Competition

As usual, winning entries will be exhibited in the foyer at Trust HQ, Mellor House at St George’s Hospital in Stafford, plus selected entries will go on tour to various community venues in Staffordshire and Shropshire.

You can submit artwork in any 2D medium. Entries should be no bigger than A2 but no smaller than A3. For details of how to apply and copies of the entry form, please contact Jessica Kent on 01743 210048 or Jessica.kent@sssft.nhs.uk 

The deadline for entries is the 30th of June 2014

Guidelines

  • Entries must be no bigger than A2 (42cm x 59.4cm) and no smaller than A3 (42cm x 29.5cm).
  • You can submit no more than 3 pieces of work.
  • Work must be 2D (flat). Any 2D medium (for example painting, drawing, collage, pastels, silk-painting) can be submitted.
  • Work must be unframed and un-laminated. Work on canvas is acceptable.
  • Service users, ex-service users, carers and staff at South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust can all enter.
  • Please put your name, address and title of the work on the back of your work.
  • You must submit an entry form with your work.
  • The deadline is 30th of June 2014. 

Conditions

  • All entries may be exhibited, reproduced and images distributed by the Trust.
  • All entries, subject to the judges’ discretion, will be displayed on the Arts for Health website. 
  • All artwork is handled with the utmost of care, but the Trust accepts no liability for loss or damage to entries.
  • The judges’ decisions are final; we will not enter into correspondence about decisions.
  • All entries, once received, will be retained by the Arts for Health Department, South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust for at least one year.
  • If you would like your work back after the year is up, please contact us and we will arrange for it to be returned. If you do not contact us, we will keep the work. 

Please send your entries with completed entry form (see over) to:

Helen Wilson (for Staffordshire entries)            

Arts for Health

South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Trust HQ, St George’s, Stafford ST16 3SR

or

Jessica Kent (for Shropshire entries)

Arts for Health

South Staffordshire and Shropshire NHS Trust

The Redwoods Centre, Somersby Drive, Bicton Heath, Shrewsbury, SY3 8DS

Helen.wilson@sssft.nhs.uk  or 01785 221328 / jessica.kent@sssft.nhs.uk or 01743 210048

Click the link below to download the application form and details

Art Competition Poster Guidelines and Form 2014

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FA COACHING DISABLED FOOTBALLERS COURSE

The Coaching Disabled Footballers course is designed to give football coaches, teachers and young leader’s ideas and practices for the inclusion of disabled players in football sessions within mainstream or impairment specific sessions. 

The course is a one day course and covers both theory and practical elements.  By the end of the workshop each participant should be able to meet the following outcomes: 

  • Apply and extend your existing coaching skills and experience, to meet the needs of players with a range of impairments 
  • Establish basic communication skills for coaching disabled footballers; 
  • Use appropriate terminology; 
  • Identify appropriate safety and medical considerations; 
  • Plan a wide range of coaching sessions for disabled footballers; 
  • Using the Inclusion Spectrum, plan your coaching sessions to include disabled players or provide alternative appropriate opportunities; 
  • Understand the player pathways available for disabled players including the appropriate structure for competition. 
  • Aimed at coaches who currently work in the community who want to work with footballers with a disability, All coaches require minimum of a Level 1 coaching qualification is required along with a valid FA Safeguarding Children” certificate.  
  • Qualified teachers working with Special Education needs are also encouraged to attend 
  • For Football Future students this course will be FREE of charge. 

If you wish to attend this course, please complete the application form and return to – 

Zoe Griffiths, Football Development Administrator,

Shropshire Football Association, Greenhous Meadow, Oteley Road,

Shrewsbury.  SY2 6ST

Or e-mail form to zoe.griffiths@shropsfa.com

Click the links below to download posters for the event.

U16′s 3 Counties Poster 2013

CDF Poster Generic  

In order to secure your space you must complete this form and send in to Zoe no later than Thursday 8th May 2014, First come first serve!!

FA COACHING DISABLED FOOTBALLERS COURSE

 

Sunday 11th May 2014

Telford College of Arts & Technology

   10.00am – 4:30pm

 

 

 

NAME: ……………………………………………………………………………………..

 

ADDRESS: …………………………………………………………………………………

 

………………………………………………………………POST CODE…………………

 

TELEPHONE/MOBILE NO: ……………………………………………………………..

 

E-MAIL ADDRESS: ………………………………………………………………………

 

OCCUPATION: ……………………………………………………………………………

 

DATE OF BIRTH: …………………………………………………………………………

 

CLUB/ORGANISATION: …………………………………………………………………

 

PLEASE STATE ANY CONDITION(S) REQUIRING MEDICATION E.G.  ASTHMA:

 

……………………………………………………………………………………………….

 

ANY SPECIAL REQUIREMENT I.E. DYSLEXIA:……………………………………..

 

SIGNED:……………………………………….  DATE:…………………………….

 

 COST: £10.00

 

PLEASE COMPLETE THE ABOVE FORM AND RETURN WITH A CHEQUE TO THE FOLLOWING ADDRESS NO LATER THAN THURSDAY 8TH MAY 2014

 

 

Zoe Griffiths (Football Development Administrator)

Shropshire FA

Oteley Road

Shrewsbury

Shropshire

SY2 6ST

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Sing Something Simple at Theatre Severn

Stylish, poignant and funny SING SOMETHING SIMPLE is told through the eyes of Spencer Parkin, an articulate and imaginative young man with Downs Syndrome. Spencer is living in the shadow of his favored, more musical, older brother. 

Sing Something Simple

This presentation of “Sing Something Simple is presented by Dark Horse.Dark Horse is a national touring theatre company which premieres new writing. An ensemble of learning disabled actors feature in their productions and exceptional non learning disabled actors from the broader industry are also cast in their tours

You can read more here in our Events section.

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DiGiT@L DEN -What is it?

DiGiT@L DEN is based at 25 Maesbrook Road, Meole, Shrewsbury, SY3 9NL Contact 01743 730100 www.socialtelecoms.org.uk and www.digitalden.org.uk 

The Digital Den provides open access for everyone to go along and use computers and be digitally included. Whether job searching, writing cv’s, accessing the internet or simply looking to boost I.T skills, training , help and support is available. They also offer the facility for you to purchase refurbished computers which are available from £90 (Terms and Conditions apply) 

The Digital Den, is fully accessible to people with disabilities. As well as parking outside, there is a push button by the door, which people can use to get assistance when entering the building. There are no steps into the building. 

Staff are always willing to help you with using computers etc. Digital Den staff have assured SDN that If they have not got equipment on site that enables you to use their computers, they will source it. They already have some large screens and larger letter keyboards. If you can’t use a mouse due to joint and dexterity problems please tell the staff that you need a track ball or whatever it is that will enable you to use the Den. 

Dan, the Manager is eager to help everyone who goes to use the computer suite at the Den. So if you have visual impairment and need a screen reader, please say. Dan said “please do not be afraid to ask, we can’t have everything on-site but we will try to help people by getting the right equipment as this facility is for the whole community to benefit from. We want your members to have a good experience, not only do we help with equipment issues but we can assist with using computers” 

SDN says, “Go along, have a go, you may be surprised at what is on offer, then tell us and hopefully you will encourage other members to visit and use these facilities”.

Opening times are Monday to Saturday 9 am to 5 pm but on a Wednesday they stay open until 8 pm. So may be you have wondered about how to get started but not sure how, you don’t want to buy a computer until you have tried it. Then go along to The Digital Den, staff are always on “hand to help” It’s FREE. Or next time you have a problem with your computer and you are waiting repairs, this place enables you to keep in touch by going along to check your emails. 

Recently 2 SDN Members took along one of the SDN Management Committee Members to have a look. She said “I never knew this place existed, so this is what you are on about when you mention the Digital Den/” Tucked away on a housing estate next to a Meet Place and a couple of shops, it is ideal.  You can park outside. The premises are fully kitted out with a number of computers but that is not all, as well as getting advice & help, you can also pick up useful information here.

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Learning Programme 2014/15 Launched by Severnside.

Severnside Learning Programme has been launched for the fourth year. There are lots of new courses that have been added this year including “Taking charge of your life”, “Improving your Maths and English” and “Volunteering & You”.  You will still find all the old favourites  ie Flower Arranging, Cooking on a Budget, Everyday First Aid, Basic Bike Maintenance, Easy IT and the Internet for Beginners, Cooking, Gardening, Shopping On Line to name a few. Now  with an even greater number of accredited courses, which is great news for people seeking employment because they are officially recognised qualifications.  No matter what your age or ability there really is something for everyone. Courses are held at various venues in Shropshire. 

Visit the website to find out more  www.severnsidehousing.co.uk/learningprogramme or call 01743 285000 or 0300 300 0059 or email community@severnsidehousing.co.uk 

Last year some people found employment after attending courses, others signed up for a college course and one person enjoyed their time so much they decided to become a trainer.

Many courses are FREE to Severnside Residents, and if you need help with transport and childcare costs, do say when you book as help is available. If you have special travel requirements, please advise at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made. Carers in receipt of Carers Allowance and need support or assistance to attend courses please mention when booking.

Non Severnside Residents are charged just £2.50 for many of the courses. It is so worth taking a look at what you might like to do. 

While priority is given to Severnside Residents, the courses are for the wider community, so a warm welcome awaits everyone. May be you have a skill, hobby, talent that you would like to share with others, then make contact and staff will discuss it with you. 

SDN recently heard about a Member who attended a few courses last year, not a Severnside Tenant and they are going to do more courses this year as they found it so helpful. This member said “I would encourage people to have a look, you will be surprised at the variety of courses. There is something of interest to most people.  Course times, venues and dates vary, most last 2 hours others a bit longer. I would recommend trying it” 

Many people make new friends by learning a new skill so why not give it a go, then tell us at SDN about it and encourage others to take part.

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Launch of the Shropshire People’s Assembly Against Austerity

Thursday 27th March will see the launch of a new action initiative aiming to tackle the issues arising from the current regime of austerity measures. You can find further details on our events page

“We face a choice that will shape our society for decades to come. It is a choice faced by ordinary people in every part of the globe. We can defend education, health and welfare provision funded from general taxation and available to all, or we can surrender the gains that have improved the lives of millions of people over more than 50 years. We do not accept that government’s austerity programme is necessary” 

To read more you can download the poster here: posterfvSPAAA(1)

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Long term provision of acupuncture for pain management: e-petition

Are you affected by this, or do you know anyone who is. Then please consider your support by signing this petition. Also please share it with your contacts. Thank You.

Patients of hospital Pain Clinics are currently receiving notification of new policy which terminates appointments after 1 year or 12 treatments. Under these new terms, patients suffering chronic and lifelong pain conditions are having their management options reduced, often leaving them without their therapy provision of choice and feeling vulnerable. 
Chronic pain affects as many as one in five of the European population: Arthritiscare.org.uk its remedial management choice is a matter of personal suitability, we do not want these choices cut by what seems to be short sighted policy and are therefore we are asking for the present policy to be the reconsidered and over turned

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/62307