Nov 25

Disability Action Alliance to host launch event for volunteer charter

The Disability Action Alliance will be launching a volunteer charter on December 5th.  They will be hosting a launch event for this  on December 5th. This event will offer a rare opportunity to network with the leading figures in the disability community and to discuss and celebrate a major development in the opening-up of volunteering opportunities for disabled people.

Guest Speakers include: Duncan Tree & Jemma Mindham (CSV), Andrew Clark (BuDS), Cllr Zahid Mohammed (Chair Bucks County Council & Chair Bucks Legacy Board), Sue Bott (DRUK), Dave Oxley (McAfee UK), Bev Flanagan (Buckingham Technical College), Richard d’Souza (DWP Director) and a paralympianNaomi Riches.

For more information on how to book a place for your organisation at the launch event, click the link below.


Dec 05 14 Marketing DAA Volunteer Charter Launch Event

Sep 10

Carer Required at £8 per hour plus sleep ins In Lincoln

Primarily to work with a sociable 33 year old young man with Cerebral Palsy in his home in Lincolnshire, helping with his care, domestic tasks and socializing (which may include trips and excursions, and, or nights away). Number of hours to be arranged and additional hours may available (to cover annual leave and sickness) but not guaranteed.

Experience of working with adults with a disability is desirable but not essential as training will be given. The job would be ideal for backpackers too.

– £8 per hour weekdays and weekends

– £16.00 per hour Bank Holidays

– £45.45 per sleep in

A full driving licence is essential.

For contact details click the link here

Aug 07

Practical PIP Advice

PIP medical assessment tips

Many of you are now being given appointments to attend PIP assessments. These are slightly longer than WCA assessments for ESA, in that they are:

1. Generally longer, around 45 mins to 1 hour in most areas.

2. More thorough, they will need to know a day to day history of what you do, or don’t do.

3. They will “test” your cognitive skills by asking you to remember 3 objects, please note they should NOT point to these objects, but just say the words. They should then ask you to recall the objects some time later after discussing something totally unrelated with you. They should not prompt you to remember by pointing. If they do then you should say that you want to do it again with different objects and no prompting.

4. The financial test is very basic, if you have internet banking say so, they will ask you what the change is if you bought something for 75p with a £1 coin. Ridiculous I know but part of the test. If you have other difficulties, including leaving your card places, forgetting pin, leaving change etc, then say so and explain if you get into debt because you do not know how to manage money etc.

5. You will be asked to do a few simple exercises, including usually assessing your grip, by placing their finger in your hand, assessing your muscle strength by asking you to push your foot or leg against their hand, and other “tests” that we believe are pretty pointless as they do not really assess your ability. You have the right to refuse to do these, and must state because it would be too painful.

6. Most importantly is the fact that most of the assessments are carried out by Physiotherapy nurses, who in our, and some atos assessors opinion are NOT adequately used to dealing with people so do not understand basic limitations and illness/disabilities.
We therefore suggest you take as much info with you, ie medical letters from specialists, even if old, any info from Choices website on your illness if it is quite rare, or any appointment letters you have had over the last few months.

7. Read our notes on what to expect, as many of the questions will be aimed at trying to trick you, i.e. Do you go to the supermarket at all? (Say yes and you risk being assessed as walking 200m with no problem even if you sit it out half way round due to pain. Do you have children/ a dog? Explain if you have others look after these, or have special measures in place with school etc, as they will assume you can walk the dog, attend and feed the kids and get them to and from school fine. Finally relate your answers to how you are NOW not how you were, so when asked what hobbies you like to do or did, state if you have none as you can no longer complete any. Dont be fooled by niceness, that is designed to get you to relax and open up and chat, genuine people are then trapped into waffling and that info may then be used against you on your report.

For instance, one Fightbacker told the assessor who was very nice, that he liked to try and get out once every blue moon to watch a film with friends, as she was chatting about the latest movie and asked if he had seen a particular film. In reality he last went 6 months previously, in her report she stated he could manage to get to the local cinema on public transport regularly so therefore failed both components!
Finally during our buddy service, where we attend with you, we have encountered some really nice, and genuine assessors, most of them have been general Nursing staff still practicing in the NHS or Occupational Therapists again working in the field. 
However we have also encountered some horrors!

Be Alert, knowledge is power.


Jul 11

We need you to help shape the future of personal budgets and direct payments


We would like your help to shape the future of personal budgets and direct payments in Lincolnshire by contributing to our steering group.



Lincolnshire County Council and the NHS are working together to improve the patient journey for individuals that would benefit from personal budgets in health and social care, this will include direct payments. The project team responsible for working on these changes would like to start a steering group made up of people who have a personal or professional interest in the topic, to provide knowledge and learning that will inform what the project delivers.


What Are We Asking For?

The steering group will be hosted every month in the early stages of the project and then around key decision making. It is likely that the group meetings will be held

At this early stage can you please respond to this email to register your interest in attending the steering group?

Could we also ask you start to considered appropriate service users and patients that might want to attend the meetings? These may also be parents, guardians and representatives


Need More Information?

The attached document will give you some additional context. Please also feel free to reply to us on this email for extra information.


Kind Regards


James Vickers AMBCS



Joining Up Personal Budgets in Health 

Jun 12

New MS support/social group in Sleaford.

There will be a social group for MS suffers as well as friends and relatives in Sleaford on the 16th at the Barge and Bottle, Carre Street. The group will be meeting between 11am and 1pm and anyone dealing with MS is welcome to drop in!