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31 December 2009 reported:


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, 

which will be used specifically for expenses incurred supporting clients in Marchwood.

Press Release November 2009

Following 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

New 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

Fordingbridge 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 
Janet Allen

Mrs Pat Whyte receives certificate

Press Release July 2009

ExxonMobil 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

Ascot from My Fair Lady  Blackbird  Parade

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, Christchurch’ as they enthusiastically entertained with a rich medley of musical favourites.  From 42nd Street to My Fair Lady and Hello Dolly to Les Miserables the ensemble kept the audience toe tapping and swaying to all their favourite songs from start to finish. 

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 theatre. 

The proceeds from the evening will support the charity in their work offering free information, advice and guidance on disability related issues from their New Milton premises  at 6 Osborne Road; and may be contacted via their Helpline 01425 628750, e-mail or visit the website  For information about ‘Curtain Up Theatre Club, Christchurch’ please visit

Press Release 1 March 2009

Lucky Champagne Tea for Two Winner

Mr Allan Carpenter of Tiptoe was the lucky winner of a Champagne Tea for Two at the prestigious Chewton Glen Hotel in the loyalty draw for players that either paid in advance for 12 months, or joined by standing order to play in the NFDIS Lottery.  Just £1 per number per month helps support this charity, with half the proceeds going out in cash prizes and half supporting the work of the New Forest Disability Information Service.  Details of how to join can be obtained from the charity’s office at 6 Osborne Road, New Milton; from; by telephoning 01425 628750 
or via the website
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 with his prize

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.

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(c) JK - January 2011