Changing Lives understand that the Work and Pensions Select Committee seeks to examine the timeliness and accuracy of benefit delivery by the DWP, and any potential problems that can arise when benefits are delayed or underpaid. We are grateful for this opportunity to share with you some of the experiences that our service users face and offer suggestions around how the effects of errors and delays can be mitigated. We would be happy to provide any further information that you need in writing or in person.
8 September 2015
21 August 2015
An innovative new service that helps people get ready for employment is proving hard to beat – literally. The Benefits, Employment and Action Team (BEAT) has been going for five weeks and has already received 23 referrals and two positive job outcomes.
A four-strong team from Charity Changing Lives and Oasis Aquila Housing are getting out and about within Newcastle, Gateshead and Northumberland, offering people a variety of specialist support.
The team of four can be found at different locations within the local community including libraries, job centres and at local food…
11 August 2015
Brilliant news for the Changing Lives' Employment Service as they support their 250th client into employment.
Our 250th client, James* was referred into the employment service this year after being unemployed since June 2012. James spent 20 years working in nursing and he began to suffer some mental health issues. James had to end up leaving his employment and he became isolated and…
8 July 2015
Our Middlesbrough team have a ‘help make my house a home’ project for clients who are ready to move on and in to their own home as their next steps in their recovery. The project was inspired by clients who told us that when they were ready for their final and a crucial part of their journey with us, moving into their home, they had no possessions to call it a home. This is why the project was created and the name inspired. So far, the project has successfully helped numerous clients with this final stage in their recovery, by asking the public to kindly donate items they no longer want or need, or generously donate new.
Here ex-client, ‘John’, and staff member, Brian, tells us more. Brian said:
“We’re thrilled that John has managed to find his own home. Prior to this he was homeless on the streets battling drug addiction, but through hard work and dedication, John is now free from addiction and is looking…
7 July 2015
Changing Lives Charity has been awarded a funding boost of £5,000 through the Yorkshire Bank Spirit of the Community Awards to recognise the important role it plays in the local community.
The Spirit of the Community Awards announced the substantial donations to voluntary groups at an awards ceremony in Leeds to recognise the charities and not-for-profit organisations which are going the extra mile.
Changing Lives was part of twelve community groups across England who were selected to share funding of £75,000…