The Big Lunch

Posted: June 9th, 2018

East Renfrewshire Disability Action , in collaboration with other organisations , are holding a free event called The Big Lunch – We hope to see you there 

Campaign for accessible taxis in East Renfrewshire

Posted: May 17th, 2018

Following our successful campaign for accessible taxis in East Renfrewshire , we are pleased to announce that East Renfrewshire Council has published a list of those currently available on their website. Here is link :

http://www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/article/9465/Wheelchair-accessible-taxis-and-private-hire-vehicles

Access to Work

Posted: March 29th, 2018

Overview

If you’re disabled or have a physical or mental health condition that makes it hard for you to do your job, you can:

Talk to your employer about changes they must make in your workplace

Apply for Access to Work if you need extra help

Your employer must make certain changes (known as ‘reasonable adjustments’) to make sure you’re not substantially disadvantaged when doing your job. These could include changing your working hours or providing equipment to help you do your job.

You should talk to your employer about reasonable adjustments before you apply for Access to Work.

Get help from Access to Work

If the help you need at work isn’t covered by your employer making reasonable adjustments, you may be able to get help from Access to Work.

You need to have a paid job, or be about to start or return to one.

You’ll be offered support based on your needs, which may include a grant to help cover the costs of practical support in the workplace.

An Access to Work grant can pay for:

Special equipment, adaptations or support worker services to help you do things like answer the phone or go to meetings

Help getting to and from work

You might not get a grant if you already get certain benefits.

The money doesn’t have to be paid back and won’t affect your other benefits.

Eligibility

What you’ll get

How it works

Apply

Keep Safe Scotland

Posted: March 10th, 2018

I Am Me Scotland work in partnership with Police Scotland to raise awareness of and tackle disability hate crime. Keep Safe is a national initiative that works with a network of businesses and community buildings to create ‘Keep Safe’ places for people who may be feeling lost, scared or vulnerable while out in the community. Keep Safe places are identified by the I Am Me logo sticker in the window, although a full list of Keep Safe places can be found on I Am Me Scotland’s Keep Safe Scotland app can be used to:

Provide a full list of Keep Safe places across Scotland, with contact information and opening times for each business.

Plan routes, highlighting Keep Safe places along the way, promoting independent travel.

Find out information about local news and events.

Submit a hate crime report to Police Scotland, through a confidential online form.

Contact Police Scotland on 101 (non-emergency) and 999 (emergency), while giving the app user their approximate location

Support for Mortgage Interest is changing

Posted: February 1st, 2018

Support for Mortgage Interest is changing

 

Does the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) help with your mortgage interest payments?

From 6 April 2018 help from the DWP with your mortgage is changing to a loan. The DWP will write to you about this change and offer you a loan to help pay your mortgage interests.

The questions and answers below provide a brief explanation of the change taking place, but If you require any further details or advice on this please call the Money Advice and Rights Team(MART) on 0141 577 8420.

  • What is Support for Mortgage Interest benefit?

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) currentlyoffers a benefit called Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI), also known as Help with Housing Costs.

SMI pays towards the interest on a mortgage and othereligible home improvement loans.

On 5 April 2018, the SMI benefit will end.

  • What is replacing Support for Mortgage Interest benefit?

Replacing SMI benefit will be SMI loans, which will be introduced on 6 April 2018. SMI loans will be offered to both new and existing claimants.

Claimants receiving Income Support, income-relatedJobseeker’s Allowance, income-based Employment and Support Allowance, Pension Credit or Universal Credit will be offered SMI loan payments.

  • How will SMI loans be calculated?

SMI loan payments will be calculated in the same way as the current SMI benefit, using the standard interest rate and outstanding mortgage capital limits in place:

• For most working age claimants the limit is currently £200,000 outstanding mortgage and some home improvement loans

• For pension credit claimants the limit is currently £100,000 outstanding mortgage and some home improvement loans.

The interest rate can be revised twice a year, with anychanges (up or down) taking effect on 1 January and 1 July.

  • How and when will an SMI loan be repaid?

A claimant will have to repay the total of the SMI loan payments made plus interest from any remaining equity once their property is sold or ownership is transferred. If there is not enough equity available to repay the SMI loan in full, the amount of SMI loan that cannot be repaid
will be written off. Alternatively, the claimant can make voluntary repayments at any time (e.g. on the return to work of a working age claimant). The minimum amount that can be voluntarily repaid at any one time will be £100. The full amount can be repaid if the SMI loan amount is less than £100. Once the SMI loan has been repaid in full, anycharge that was placed on the property will be removed. There will be no early repayment fees.

  • How can I find out more about SMI loans?

The DWP will contact existing claimants before April to provide them with the information they need to make an informed decision about whether to accept the offer of an SMI loan.
Current claimants will receive a letter and an information leaflet on SMI loans. These are being sent out by a company called Serco on behalf of the DWP; however the loan itself is from the government, not from Serco. The letter and leaflet will explain the “offer” of a loan. It is an offer because the claimant does not have to accept it, but if they do not, their SMI payment will end in April 2018.

  • What do I do if I want to accept the SMI loan offer?

To accept the SMI loan offer, claimants are required to have a telephone conversation that will outline their other options.  The claimant (and partner if the house is jointly owned) will then need to sign the loan agreement and a charge form. This documentation is over 60 pages long and it is essential that it is read fully. The charge will be registered at the Land Registry. This means that if your home goes up for sale you will not be able to release the proceeds  of the sale until any money owed to the DWP is repaid.

If there is anything within the documentation that you are unsure of, or if you have any further questions on the documentation, the Money Advice and Rights Team(MART) can help. Call the team on 0141 577 8420.

Source : www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/money

3rd Party Reporting Centre

Posted: November 25th, 2017

ERDA are happy to announce that we are now a 3rd Party Reporting Centre. 

Many people, for a variety of reasons, do not want to get in touch with the police in person. Third party reporting allows you to tell the police about an incident without contacting them directly.

Glasgow has over 60 organisations that can take a report from you and forward it to the police.

These are community organisations, housing associations, voluntary organisations and some council services, where you can talk to someone in confidence about hate crime.

If you want to make a report to the police, we can do it for you

Contact us at : 

East Renfrewshire Disability Action

56 Kelburn Street, Barrhead, G78 1LR

Tel : 0772 107 4384

Email : enquiries@erda.org.uk

 

 

Self-Directed Support Forum ER Monthly Coffee Morning

Posted: August 17th, 2017

Self-Directed Support Forum East Renfrewshire members would like to invite you to join them for an informal chat over coffee at the Redhurst Hotel, Eastwoodmains Road, Giffnock

1st Tuesday of the month between 10.30am – 12.00pm

If you require any further information please get in touch with the office on 0141 638 2525 or admin@sdsforumer.org

 

The Night Visitors – Home Care Service in East Renfrewshire

Posted: August 17th, 2017

The Night Visitors provide personally tailored care in South Lanarkshire, South Glasgow and East Renfrewshire.

They provide high quality overnight care in the form of evening or night care visits , and can be very flexible to suit your needs. They can provide evening visits at a time of your choosing to help you safely to bed or visits throughout the night for pressure or incontinence care.

This is an innovative service and is designed to meet the needs of people who need overnight support but do not require a full night sitter. The organisation provides a tailored service suited to your timings , as they appreciate   that everyone is different.

They assess, evaluate and provide a tailored in-home care service based on the needs of each client.

Their service is flexible and respects your rights of privacy, independence, dignity and personal fulfilment.

They wish to promote independence and allow people to stay in their own homes for as long as possible. They can help:

Frail and vulnerable adults
People with dementia or other mental health issues
People with Physical Disabilities
People with Sensory Impairment
People suffering from or recovering from illness
People with learning difficulties

If you live in South Lanarkshire, South Glasgow or East Renfrewshire and would like a free assessment and quote for services please contact them via below website . They will arrange a time for a meeting where they can discuss your needs for evening or night care.

More details can be found at http://thenightvisitors.co.uk/

World Autism Week – blog by Michael McEwan

Posted: March 23rd, 2017

 

I think it is important to have awareness weeks like World Autism Week , I have a disability but not autism , and I do think more people understand disabilities when there  are awareness days, weeks or months.

There is a lot of good work going on in Scotland on autism awareness, like Young Scotland’s Got Talent , an event for young people with learning difficulties and individuals on the autistic spectrum (aged 14 – 24 ) who want to work when they leave school or college.

Interested individuals and professionals working in the field are also welcome but priority will be give to young people and their families.  In previous years everyone who has taken part has said the events were amazing, and they also said that they learned a lot of useful information about finding a job.

There are many young people who want to work, they just need some help and advice about finding and keeping a job.  The conference is a fun way of giving people the information that they want, and supporting them to reach their goals.

It is really important that people get the right help and support in their local areas, I think we need to make sure that everyone who wants to work has access to the relevant employment services working for people with learning difficulties and individuals on the autism spectrum.  The organisations who jointly run this event are Scottish Commission for Learning Disability (SCLD) and Values Into Action Scotland (VIAS).

This campaign was launched back in 2010 and since then they have covered all of Scotland, I have been to a few of the road shows and they are very motivating, structured and focused on best employment support and advice for all in attendance.

In January the National Autistic Society Scotland helped to launch a relaxed performance of the pantomime Cinderella in the Kings Theatre Glasgow.

So what happened at this event ?  Well there was a less formal atmosphere in the auditorium with a relaxed attitude to noise , and house lights were kept on low.  Lighting , special effects and background noise was softened to reduce anxiety.  The audience members were free to move around and used the designated chill out areas to relax.

With recent statistics supplied by National Autistic Society indicating that 700,000 people in UK are on autistic spectrum, that’s over 1 in 100 of population, and autism being what is termed as a “hidden disability”, it’s important that awareness of the condition continues to be high priority going forward.

Barrhead News : East Renfrewshire Disability Action hits out at council over wheelchair-accessible taxis meeting

Posted: March 23rd, 2017

A CONSULTATION on wheelchair-accessible taxis has been branded a “complete waste of time” by angry campaigners.

East Renfrewshire Disability Action (ERDA) has hit out over a council-run public meeting which aimed to address a lack of specialist vehicles.

The region currently has just two specialist taxis and posts some of the lowest figures in the country for its ratio of wheelchair-accessible cabs.

ERDA had hoped the public meeting would provide a clearer understanding of how East Renfrewshire Council plans to tackle the issue.

However, members say they were left none the wiser about what the local authority will do to encourage taxi firms to increase the number of specialist vehicles.

ERDA chairman Michael McEwan told of his frustration at being “left in the lurch” following the event at Williamwood High.

He said: “The consultation was a complete waste of time.

“Disabled people feel badly let down by the three Barrhead councillors on the licensing committee – councillors Hay, Cunningham and Reilly.

“These three councillors hold the balance of power, yet over the five years the committee has been sitting, very little has been done to effectively address this issue.

“We were making the case again that they are the third-worst authority in Scotland. I don’t know when they need to take it on board to be embarrassed about it.

“When I came back from the meeting, I felt like I’d been hitting my head off a brick wall. They’re not willing to come up with a solution.”

Fellow ERDA member Chris Baird added: “This isn’t rocket science or solving the Middle East peace process, it’s about disabled people being able to get a taxi just like everyone else, as stated in the council’s own Equality Outcomes report.

“The council’s words are not backed up by action. Talk is cheap and actions speak louder than words.”

However, members of the council’s licensing committee insist they are doing all they can to find a solution.

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