We are Possability People and we support disabled people to live independently. The heart of our organisation is our Advice Centre, which provides independent, specialist and confidential advice on a wide range of issues which disabled people face.
"This is a fantastic and essential charity for so many people, myself included. It is so wrong and cruel to cut their funding when it provides such a vital service for many".
Possability People have just had a devastating funding cut and were given just 3 weeks’ notice before it happened. The cut has fallen to our specialist Advice Centre, which last year we helped over 4,500 disabled people. People have already told us that without this service, they have nowhere else to turn. Even the funders who made the cut agree their decision will have a negative effect on disabled people.
We are now turning people away. All of the money we raise here will help us to re-open our doors again.
We are the leading local disability charity and have been working in Brighton and Hove for over 35 years. Our organisation has a fantastic team of staff and volunteers, a majority of whom are disabled people themselves.
Our Advice Centre is unique because it is the only specialist disability service in Brighton and Hove. Whatever your condition, you can get advice and support from people with an in-depth understanding, empathy and knowledge of the many challenges that confront disabled people on a daily basis
Your generous donation will enable us to continue to provide this absolutely crucial support for some of our most vulnerable residents. It will help us to re-open our drop in service.
It can be hard to understand some of the challenges disabled people face each day. As well as having to deal with health or organise care or support, the cost of living for disabled people is often much higher (think about special equipment, prescriptions, help or support with day to to day tasks to mention a few things). So not having to wait for advice and support is vital.
We know that people are often frightened when they receive “official” looking correspondence, and will come in and ask us to open the envelope with them. Anxiety is a huge issue, and the availability of immediate and supportive help will alleviate the often detrimental effect on disabled people's mental health and well being.
We are skilled at supporting people to overturn bad decisions at appeal, with a high success rate. This means disabled people receive money they are entitled to.
But it's not all about benefits. We give advice and support to ensure disabled people know their rights to access other services, including housing, social care, grants, equipment, blue badges - the range of knowledge our team has is extraordinary.
It is a sad fact that without our support, more disabled people and their families living in our city will be driven into poverty and have no-one else to turn to.