Help us to fundraise for a Welfare Advocate to support others like I, Daniel Blake
Advocacy Centre North (part of Newcastle Council for Voluntary Service - Newcastle CVS) needs your help to raise funds to provide a new Welfare Advocacy Service to disabled people and their families in Newcastle and Gateshead.
As a service providing advocacy support, we are seeing more and more people needing our help, particularly those whose housing and benefits are affected by welfare reforms.
The recent film release of I, Daniel Blake – filmed on location in Newcastle upon Tyne, highlighted the problems many people face when trying to find their way through the welfare system. Like Daniel and his friend in the film, many people who have fallen on hard times and are in desperate need of support, feel caught up in a complicated process that is hard to understand and find a way through.
Advocacy Centre North to the rescue!
To help us support these vulnerable people through the benefits, appeals and sanctions process, we are looking to set up a post for a Welfare Advocate worker, dedicated to supporting disabled people and their families with welfare reform issues.
How advocacy has helped...
To deliver this service we need £24,000. Newcastle CVS has invested £8,000 to get this really important project off the ground, so we are now looking for a further £16,000 in donations to continue the service.
Please support our campaign to provide a Welfare Advocacy service for North East people, and allow Advocacy Centre North to take social action by responding to the issues of the moment. Every pound you donate will make a difference.
Advocacy Centre North is part of Newcastle CVS which is a registered charity. We provide advocacy support, helping to ensure citizen views and wishes are heard and acted upon.
We are increasingly under pressure to support disabled people and families, including those with mental health needs who are hardest hit by austerity. We receive telephone calls on a daily basis from people with issues relating to: health benefit changes, appeals, sanctions, decreased housing benefit, benefit caps and fresh claims. Most people are distressed about not being able to deal with the paperwork or because of the way they have been treated by the system; the anxiety is making their health worse.
Our role is to improve the quality of life in Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead with a broad programme of voluntary action and activities. The Welfare Advocate post fits well with this purpose, allowing us to take action to meet this need in very unprecedented times.
One of our colleagues drew this great picture of the team deciding to launch the campaign!
Advocacy Centre North is part of Newcastle CVS. Newcastle CVS is a registered charity (number 1125877) and company limited by guarantee (number 6681475) registered in England and Wales. Our registered office is: Higham House, Higham Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8AF.
What is an advocate?
Independent advocacy is taking action to help people say what they want, secure their rights, represent their interests and obtain services they need. Advocates work in partnership with the people they support and take their side. Advocacy promotes social inclusion, equality and social justice.
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