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Posted 6 May 2013Hi look very carefully into doing voluntary work or a college course, it turns out even if you only do 3 hrs a week it would flag up on the DWP system,the student disability forum is a good place to get info from.
Best of luck.
Posted 6 May 2013Hi, I have applied to start a new voluntary work thing where you befriend old people in care homes who don't get enough visitors. I am going to an event at the local pub where the careworkers, residents and people oragnising it are there. They said you just turn up and they see if they can match you with anyone.It sounds good but I just realised what will I say if the organisers or old person asks why I am not working? If I say the truth because am on esa for schizophrenia, I bet they will be scared and not want me. My mum sugested just saying I have had a nervous breakdown instead? I am also concerned that a friend said that if I can do this voluntary work the dwp will say I could work properly in a carehome! Above all I feel positive just little worries lol-missfluffypaws x
Posted 30 Jan 2013Hi firemonkey where is your blog I would like to follow it. I have the same concerns as do you, I have physical health problems that went undiagnosed for years due to damning comments about my neurotic personality, in the end I had bowel cancer, thankfully it was caught just in time but if I had not persisted to the enth degree, I would not be here to tell the tale.
I am being assessed by IAPT at the moment and I don't trust them either, government led and contracted private service providers, I wonder if it is all a ploy to get us back to work ???? and having watched Panorama phew what next.
Grateful for any info you may have.
Posted 22 Jul 2012I can't decide if IAPT is good for us mentally ill or not, it's very confusing.
Such big changes going on and we only have one piece of the jigsaw, personally I feel I am being manipulated by the government changes and the whole nasty mess will only become clear when it's too late to do anything about it.
Posted 22 Jul 2012My sentiments exactly firemonkey, I have read through the NICE guidelines, and another piece I found on the internet, when I reached the end and it was signed by Rt Hon Andrew Lansley my blood ran cold. I have been offered this IAPT in the guise of something that will help ME, and then I read that unless you specify that you do not want your details shared, they send your details (personality tests and much other stuff) to various organisations, one of them being the DWP. I just don't trust them. Paranoia, I don't think so, intelligent research I would say, because my inner cynic tells me the IAPT is set up to help government.
You have to opt in, so they are giving me a choice, it all smells a bit fishy to me,
When the universal benefit cap comes in next year, they want as many off sickness benefits as possible, the report states that IAPT want at least a 50 per cent success rate in returning people to work.