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Damning new state of the nation report into life for disabled people

We welcome this comprehensive report which shines a light on the wide-ranging inequalities, and challenges  Disabled people and people with lived experience of mental health problems face in their day-to-day lives.

The findings echo our own research
Redbridge Voices which starkly illustrates the multiple barriers and obstacles Disabled people still encounter in Redbridge whether it is accessing transport, appropriate health services, social care and housing or welfare benefits.

The report details how Disabled people are being left behind in society, how life chances remain very poor, and the fact that public attitudes have changed very little.

  • More disabled people than non-disabled are living in poverty or are materially deprived.
  • Social security reforms have had a particularly disproportionate, cumulative impact on the rights to independent living and an adequate standard of living for disabled people. 
  • Disabled people over the age of 65 were twice as likely as non-disabled people in the same age group to be in food poverty.
  • Disabled people continue to face problems in finding adequate housing, due to a shortage in accessible housing and the amount of wheelchair-adapted local authority housing for physically disabled people has decreased. .
  • Accessing healthcare services is problematic for disabled people, and they’re less likely to report positive experiences
  • After years of chronic underfunding of mental health services, people are still facing all sorts of daily injustices. Whether that is travelling hundreds of miles from home  to find a bed in a mental health hospital or waiting months for talking therapies.

You can read the full report here

Aim4Work - A new route to work for Londoners with mental health conditions

Shaw Trust has launched a new FREE specialist employability programme to get hundreds of unemployed Londoners living with common mental health conditions into work.

The scheme works with people aged over 25, unemployed but interested in getting a job and living with a common mental health condition such as anxiety, depression, generalised anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and social anxiety disorder. Please note this can be a self-diagnosed mental health condition, (a minimum score of 6 on the GAD7 and PHQ9 scale).
Those eligible will be able to access the programme through self-referral or through clinical channels such as their GP or therapist, or through the local job centre.

The programme will engage over 15,000 participants, supporting their progression into education, training or work over a two-year period, boosting the local economy and encouraging social mobility across 17 London boroughs including Redbridge, Havering, Barking and Dagenham.

For more information on the programme and for the full eligibility criteria please visit

Form filling for welfare benefit claimants

Due to changes in the way that strategic partners are now funded by Redbridge Council, we are no longer able to support disabled people to fill in and complete welfare benefit forms.

Local residents, however, can still contact the following organisations who provide support and advice around welfare benefits:

Citizens Advice Redbridge
Redbridge Council - Welfare Benefits Team

Job opportunities at Redbridge Carers

Redbridge Carers Support Service (RCSS) is a leading charity working in partnership with others to provide a range of responsive services for unpaid carers within Redbridge. We are based in central Ilford.

Local residents, however, can still contact the following organisations who provide support and advice around welfare benefits:

Young Adult Carers Support Worker
  • Salary: £11,870 per annum for 16 hours per week
  • Fixed term 4 year contract
  • Closing date: 5pm Friday 21st April 2017
  • Interview date: Tuesday 2nd May 2017
Young Adult Carers Project Manager
  • Salary: £25,815 for 30 hours per week
  • Fixed term 4-year contract
  • Closing date: 5pm Friday 21st April 2017
  • Interview date: Friday 28th April 2017
For a job pack contact: or go to the RCSS website:

Consultation on the draft Health and Wellbeing Strategy

The Health and Wellbeing Board is part of Redbridge Council. It brings together key strategic partners involved in health and social care. It aims to improve health outcomes for local people and reduce health inequalities.

The Board has written a draft Health and Wellbeing Strategy, setting out their overarching ambitions for improving health and reducing health inequalities locally in 2017-2021. They are seeking feedback on the draft strategy and whether residents agree with the ambitions and how they will be achieved.

You can find details of the proposals, and have your say, at

The closing date for the consulation is Monday 12 June.

Redbridge CCG consults on health spending

The CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) is part of the NHS. It’s made up of GPs and decides what services the local NHS should provide.

Resources are limited, and the CCG is consulting about whether it should spend money on:

  • IVF (in vitro fertilisation)
  • Male and female sterilisation
  • NHS prescribing – including gluten-free food prescriptions, over the counter prescribing, soya-based formula milk and travel vaccinations
  • Cosmetic procedures
  • Weight loss surgery

You can find details of the proposals, and have your say, at

The closing date for the consulation is 5pm on Thursday 18 May

Stress, Anxiety? Money worries? Difficulty sleeping? Feeling low? We're here to help.....

We're here to help… It can be difficult having to cope alone and it is often impossible to see a clear way through. Whether your issues are caused by problems you face every day, or by events that have happened in your past - Talking Therapies can help.

We’re a free and confidential NHS service that will work with you to help you feel better. We offer expert support from people who know what you’re experiencing and our highly professional team will introduce you to effective, practical techniques that are proven to work. 

Find out more here

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