Changes are being made to welfare benefits and how they are paid. This may affect you. From 2017/2018, if you are making a new claim or have a change in circumstances that may affect your benefits, your claim will be treated under the new Universal Credit rules.
Universal Credit will replace the following benefits: Child Tax Credit; Housing Benefit; Income Support; Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA); Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA); and Working Tax Credit.
How much Universal Credit you receive will depend on any earnings you have.
Single and aged under 25 years of age = £251.77
Single and aged 25 years or older = £317.82
Any monthly payment that you may get is based on your circumstances, such as your health condition or disability, income and housing costs.
To apply for Universal Credit you will need to complete the ‘Capability for Work’ questionnaire UC50. You make the initial application on line and are sent a paper copy of the form with an appointment letter, or you can fill in the UC50 online and print it off.
If you want more information about Universal Credit please click on the link – https://www.gov.uk/health-conditions-disability-universal-credit, or if you need help with completing a UC50 application, please call us on 020 8520 6363 or email email@example.com. A member of staff will arrange an appointment with you.
You’ve been there and know the struggle that current residents face trying to turn around their lives.
We’re looking to set up a mentoring project, to be run by staff with former residents and service users, for current residents at Branches Hostel.
1 to 2 hours a week for six months.
It varies. It could be accompanying someone to appointments to simply listening when someone needs to talk. If you’re up for it, you could run peer recovery groups. Peer mentors also have a say in the way some of services are delivered and give respected insight into the needs of residents.
If you want to be considered for part of this programme, email firstname.lastname@example.org and put ‘Peer Mentoring’ in the subject line.
These are held on the last Wednesday of every month and start at 9.30a.m.
The next few months’ meetings will be on: 26th November; 31st December; 28th December.
The Residents’ Meetings are an opportunity to talk about issues that affect some or all residents, to talk about what’s coming up in the hostel, and for staff to give out general information. We also use the meetings as opportunities to plan events such as a BBQ or outings.