NEW FOREST POST
31 December 2009 reported:
DISABILITY GROUP GETS RECRUITMENT BOOST
A group that helps thousands of disabled people across the New Forest has seen a 30 per cent increase in calls.
The recession has resulted in more people contacting the New Forest Disability Information Service
about welfare benefits.
The New Milton based service says it needs to recruit and train more volunteers as a result
of the huge increase in demand.
Now Hampshire County Council has given it a £5,000 grant towards the cost
of a £7,625 recruitment programme.
Council Leader Ken Thornber said: "In the current economic climate more people need financial advice
and are turning to the voluntary sector to find out what help is available.
I'm pleased we can help the disability information service, which offers valuable information,
advice and support to disabled people."
Staff help disabled people with issues including volunteering, holidays, education and transport.
Press Release December 2009
Marchwood Parish Council have recognised the valuable work of the NFDIS in advising disabled people
and carers in the Marchwood area. The service were delighted to receive a cheque for £100,
be used specifically for expenses incurred supporting clients in
Press Release November 2009
a presentation about the work of the New Forest Disability Information
Service to Copythorne Parish Council
and members of the public, the service were delighted to receive a grant aid donation of £50 in support of their work in the parish. No donation is too small, and the generous donation of £50 from this small parish will be well spent on travel costs, postage and telephone Helpline expenses so that we may continue to support people in this north eatern area of the forest that come under the NFDIS support patch.
Press Release October 2009
Milton Town Council have supported their locally based disability
information charity with grant aid of £400 which will go towards
running costs of the charity that is seeing a large increase in clients
at it's Osborne Road premises and via it's telephone Helpline.
Such support from our local councils is vital, and is appreciated
by the NFDIS Team who thank the Town Council for their support in
difficult financial times.
Press Release September 2009
Town Council have come up trumps with a cheque for £250 for the
New Forest Disability Information Service to help it continue to
support people in the Fordingbridge area. This will particularly
support outreach sessions in the town, travel costs for home visits and
provision of expert information and advice upon disability issues
including welfare benefit applications.
Press Release 13 July 2009
Honorary Life Member
At their Annual Public Meeting the New
Forest Disability Information Service bestowed Honorary Life Membership
upon Mrs Pat Whyte who had loyaly served the NFDIS since it's early
days. Pat was commended for her work as a voluntary Advisor,
particulary at the Wednesday Hythe Outreach Office; and is seen here
being presented with her lanyard and certficate by Cllr Barry Rickman
Leader of New Forest District Council and Chairman of NFDIS Mrs
Press Release July 2009ExxonMobil have once more dug deep into their pockets to help the New Forest Disability Information Service to carry on supporting their clients in the Waterside area. This year's cheque for £1,250 will help to pay towards continuing this vital service to disabled people in the east of the forest with costs for travel, outreach work, home visits, information provision and telephone Helpline; which is very much appreciated by the NFDIS Team.
Press release 11 March 2009
Musical Music Makers Support Local Charity
Ballard School Performing Arts Centre pulsed to
the melodic sound of ‘Music from the Musicals’ on Saturday 7 March.
An appreciative audience enjoyed the singing and
dancing of ‘Curtain Up Theatre Club,
The evening was organised by the local charity New
Forest Disability, who’s band of volunteers changed their roles from Receptionists
and Advisors for the evening to run the box office, sell raffle tickets, serve
refreshments and take on all the other duties required front of house in the
Press Release 1 March 2009
Lucky Champagne Tea for Two Winner
Allan Carpenter of Tiptoe was the lucky winner of a Champagne Tea for Two at
or via the website www.newforestdis.org.uk.
Winning numbers are announced each month in the Advertiser and Times
and the draw takes place on the first working day of each month.
Promotor Cathy Gogan presenting Allan Carpenter and his partner Anne Hilton with his prize
Press Release 21 January 2009
£2m secured for clients
Over the past 8 years the New Forest Disability Information Service has secured £2,000,000 in welfare benefits for their clients!
Receiving news this week that another disabled client’s welfare benefit application has been awarded the highest rate brought the total secured to the stunning sum of £2m. These benefits are the client’s rights but very often people are unaware that they may apply for them, or make the application without advice and guidance and do not secure their appropriate award.
The highly trained Advisors at
the NFDIS are available to offer free advice, and to help complete these
complex forms and have a very high success rate when clients fulfil the
criteria laid down by law for receiving financial help to ease the costs of
living with a disability.
The NFDIS are an Alternative
Office, which means that they have a member of staff that is certified to the
Secretary of State to issue welfare benefit applications (to their own clients)
and to do the first line of processing, all the client has to do is make an
appointment and turn up with their relevant information and the NFDIS Team do
the rest – and the Service is free!
For more information, please ring
the Helpline 01425 628750 Monday to
Friday 10am – 5pm (or out of hours and leave a message) all clients are treated
in the strictest confidence.