JEREMIAH ADVICE AND GUIDANCE was birthed when one of our volunteers recognised the injustice of people with disabilities and their carers needing to resort to using Foodbank.
Carlene had past experience of running a charity supporting those with disabilities and, as a wheelchair user herself, had lived experience of the difficulties faced. Her passion to see others supported led to the development of the project and to the employment of herself and another team member.
"Speak up for those who cannot speak up for themselves"
There are many reports about the injustice faced by people with disabilities who have had their claims for benefits turned down or have been deemed "fit for work". Rather than curse the system, Carlene and the team work to provide both practical and pastoral support through what can be a long and stressful process.
Miss P came to JEREMIAH ADVICE AND GUIDANCE after her claim for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) was refused. Although able to walk, her profound hearing impairment meant that she had no awareness of what was happening around her and so needed support to travel safely. The team at JEREMIAH ADVICE AND GUIDANCE supported Miss P through the appeal process accompanying her to tribunal. She was awarded PIP at the tribunal.
A hand-up not a hand-out
People with disabilities are not seeking a handout. Their circumstances often mean that they need extra support and flexibility and so finding employment is difficult and they are more likely to be unemployed than those without disability.
JEREMIAH ADVICE AND GUIDANCE staff work with their clients to build confidence and to begin to apply for jobs. Our team are experienced in providing tailored support and practical work experience allowing people to demonstrate what they can do and so progress into employment.
So what is special about JEREMIAH ADVICE AND GUIDANCE?
- Our team - all of our staff and volunteers are focused on getting the best outcomes possible for each individual
- Our approach - we don't believe in a one size fits all approach. Every person is special and unique and so we will tailor our support to meet individual circumstances
- Our values - as committed Christians we hold fast to our values. We have a culture of honour and this drives our approach. We give an honest appraisal of an individual's circumstances and point out potential pitfalls
- Our support - we will walk every step of the journey with you. Even when the processes can become delayed we will keep in regular contact and offer all of our service users the opportunity to meet up for a coffee.
- Our success - in the last year we have helped over 500 people successfully claim £2 million in benefits. Our success rate at appeal is over 92%.