Benefits Support Worker
We’ve asked Edward to introduce himself.
“I’m a passionately caring person who seeks the best for everyone. I get a real buzz from helping support others especially with benefit issues with which I have personal experience as a claimant and with previous experience as an advisor with the CAB.
I struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Including Hoarding Disorder, Anxiety, Depression and some physical disabilities.
I am setting up a hoarding support group in Lancashire.
I support people claiming benefits online via Facebook and occasionally face to face through a group called Better Together Benefits Peer Support Group which I set up to support some friends who were struggling with benefit issues.
I’m currently a volunteer with Lancashire Mind as an ad hoc and on demand volunteer. I’m involved in various voluntary activities as and when they arise.
I have previous experience of:
- Running and organising a peer support group with Lancashire Mind for older adults with mental health conditions.
- Supporting individuals struggling with stress and related issues via Lancashire Mind – Keeping the Balance Project.
- Advocacy with a local advocacy service.
- Volunteer Advisor with Citizens Advice Bureau.
- Trafford Access Group – Sensory Impairment Support.
- Trafford Shopmobility – Volunteer Customer Support.
I have undergone training in:
- Mental Health Awareness (Lancashire Mind) As a volunteer with ongoing refresher courses from time to time (Ongoing).
- Peer Support Training.
- ASSIST Suicide Awareness.
- Mental Health First Aid.
- Stress Management – Keeping the Balance via Lancashire Mind.
- Advocacy Awareness Training with ongoing refresher courses.”
Edward will receive regular training in hoarding and benefits advice. He will be supervised by Megan Karnes, Director.