Are you receiving the welfare benefits you are entitled to?
If you are not sure and want to speak to an experienced Welfare Rights Advisor, Rob and Alison are available for over-the-phone benefit checks and also offers an appointment based form filling service. The service is available to anyone in the Derby City area. Unfortunately due to lack of funding this is now a charged for service with form fills ranging from £5 to £10.
Unsuccessful claims will be refunded. Enquiries need to be made by telephone or email.
Blue Sky is a social enterprise set up by Disability Direct to support people with Personal Budgets and Support Planning. They offer a range of services at a very reasonable cost, including free support planning to residents of Derby.
This social enterprise was set up in 2004 to support Direct Payments users in Derby with their Direct Payments. It is now a national organisation who supports over 4000 Personal Budget users with all aspects of payroll including managed bank accounts.
The Access card is a great new concept from Nimbus (another social enterprise giving their profits to Disability Direct).
The card is designed to provide you with evidence about the barriers you face as a disabled person so that service providers can tell you about what they can do to remove them. It’s also a great way for us to negotiate discounts and special offers on your behalf. The only organisations that can use the scheme are ones which we have quality assured ourselves so you can have confidence in finding information about a service before you use it and can feedback to us afterwards.
Disability Direct have been funded for one year by the Police and Crime Commission to set up and deliver an Advocacy Project focussing on disability related Hate Crime across Derbyshire. Working with the Centre for Hate Crime Studies at the University of Leicester and community partners across the county the aim of the project is to increase the understanding of hate crime through support and advocating for victims of hate crime, understand the barriers to reporting hate crimes and through this increase reporting.
Our main activities will be advocating for victims of hate crime and delivering free training and awareness sessions to organisations and community groups across Derbyshire to help them support their service users in understanding hate crime and how to report.
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