Our Welfare Benefit Project was set up to fill a ‘gap’ in existing welfare benefit provision in Croydon. We have been successfully doing so for a number of years with real results; dramatically changing the lives of our people with mental illness, living in desperation and not knowing where to turn.
Our aim is to ‘hold people’s hands’ when they need it and then empower people to become financially more independent when they are ready. The project also helps people to connect to activities unrelated to welfare benefits that have a positive impact on healthy wellbeing.
We have two welfare benefit workers that all go that bit further to help people struggling with their benefit claim we help people with mental health problems to maximise their income, respond to emergency situations such as lack of food, gas and electric, and to apply for Benefits they are entitled to. We support people who would otherwise struggle to access existing support.
The uniqueness of our work lies in the fact we are a service user group; we know how difficult it can be to manage your own financial affairs when battling emotional problems and mental illness.
If you are finding the welfare benefits system complex and difficult to navigate, please complete the following form.