• 2018,  C-A-B,  Crochet,  Decopatch,  musicals,  NaNo,  NaNoWriMo,  writing

    Random Bullet Points of Life

    For the little things in life worth recording but possibly not worth a full entry I usually tell people that if an entry appears on my blog before about 9:30 it’s because I wrote it in advance and scheduled it.  But it’s 08:42 and I’m actually writing this live so to say.  I’m waiting for carer, it’s been put back to just after 9 today. Lately I have not been reading.  I did just start an audiobook which I like (Where Love Lies by Julie Cohen which I got from the e-library). And I must finish my library ebook this morning as the time on it runs out just after…

  • 2016,  C-A-B,  disability,  disability normal,  Uncategorized

    An Unexpected Revelation

    At CAB today we did some training on how to support clients who are appealing disability benefit decisions. What to do, what type of information to put in the various letters (for mandatory reconsideration) or forms (for appeal). And the subject of getting dressed came up. So we covered  the need to check how long it takes, do they avoid certain items of clothing or look for certain fastenings because that’s the only type they can put on (for example I can dress myself but I mostly wear trousers I can pull on and don’t wear socks as I can’t get them on and my shoes sometimes fall off as…

  • 2016,  access,  C-A-B,  disability,  Uncategorized

    An Evening in the Pub

    I wasn’t going to blog about this but one of the others on my journalism course suggested I should. Earlier this week a bunch of us from CAB went to a pub in a nearby town to eat.  It was our post Christmas, Christmas social (we always have it in January).  It’s not a town or pub I know. But based on what I’d heard of the access I didn’t have alarm bells ringing Then we got to the pub and as my colleague drove past the main entrance and into the car park I could see it had a step. I didn’t know about that step. Across the dark…

  • 2015,  A to Z blogging challenge,  C-A-B,  Uncategorized

    V is for…

    V is for Volunteering (how is it possible we’ve reached V already?) I do a lot of volunteering and I have done for over ten years.  It’s a great way to fill my time and allows me to make a positive contribution to society whilst working around the limitations of my disability and my inability to work in a paid role. OK that sounds pompous and technical but basically volunteering works for me because I can do it on my schedule.  I can ensure that I pretty much never volunteer two days running and that I only do a few hours at a time.  If I can’t manage to go…

  • 2014,  C-A-B,  campaigns,  guest blog,  I want to change the world,  mental health,  my flat,  perceptions,  personal,  perspective,  political,  success stories,  Uncategorized

    On Volunteering and Housing Day

    Today is #HousingDay (hashtag housing day) a day designed to promote social housing and highlight all it does for people in the UK, how important it is and just what the need for social housing is. I know from my own experiences just how much having access to a flat that is fully adapted to my needs, is safe and secure (in terms of both safety and tenancy) and affordable is.  It’s more than a roof over your head it’s the ability to make plans and do things and get on with your life that might otherwise be impossible. And in both parts of my CAB  role (adviser/gateway assessor and…

  • 2014,  C-A-B,  Uncategorized

    The Longest Six Months Ever

    My first ever shift as a CAB volunteer was Wednesday 1st September 2004. I was looking for paid work and wanted to do some volunteering to keep me busy whilst Iooked and so I had something work wise to put on my CV.  I was going to do admin and I’d said I thought I’d do six months.  I wasn’t going to train as an adviser because you really needed to commit 12 – 18 months for that. But then very quickly I was going to train to be an adviser.  And then social policy came into my role there. Followed by gateway assessor.  I can’t remember which way round…

  • 2013,  achievements,  C-A-B,  personal,  success stories,  Things I am proud of,  things people say,  Uncategorized

    Thank You

    I’m quite well known for not noticing people waving to me when I’m out and about. Or not knowing who people are when they know me. Part of that has to do with the fact I meet so many people through things like CAB. I’m usually the only person they deal with but depending on if I’m doing appointments of gateway (10 minute triage like interviews) I might see up to 4 people in one session. The big thing in training for CAB is confidentiality. One of the points made about it is that due to that you shouldn’t acknowledge clients outside the bureau. That’s easier than it sounds because…

  • 2013,  acceptance,  C-A-B,  courage,  disability,  ESA,  Uncategorized

    Recognition

    Not long after I wrote yesterday’s post it occurred to me that I’ve actually been doing a brilliant task lately of taking better care of myself. And that not only is the guilt I felt yesterday unnecessary, it’s also unwarranted. I’ve always struggled with recognising the good things I’m doing. For some reason it’s much easier for me to remember and focus on the negative than the positive. I suspect that’s true for most people but it feels like something I need to work on going forward. Make it a goal for the rest of the year perhaps? At CAB I often point out to clients things that from my…

  • 2013,  C-A-B,  CP related,  powerchair,  Quickie Salsa,  sailing,  Uncategorized,  you know you've got CP

    You Know You Have CP When…

    …you get congratulated on still having the wheels on your powerchair. Twice. On separate days. …you go to say goodbye to the same person who congratulated you because they’re leaving the bureau and moving on to a new job. And amongst the “wishing you well” comments they make they include that they “hope your wheels don’t fall off” …you wear out all four if the castors on your powerchair in 14 months. Hence all the wheel falling off comments because it was a genuine possibility while I was waiting for the replacements. …your Dad books an accessible taxi to take you, him and your mum to your brother’s wedding. When…

  • 2013,  benefits,  books and reading,  C-A-B,  campaigns,  courage,  disability,  Uncategorized

    For the love of a book

    I love to read. This comes as no surprise to anyone who knows me or who reads this blog regularly I’m sure. There’s just something about picking up a book and losing yourself in it. It makes me think, I learn stuff, it’s enjoyable. They make me laugh, cry and just feel. Sometimes I reach for a book as pure escapism and it also means as long as I’ve got a book or my kindle in my bag I can fill a few minutes waiting at the hairdressers or the doctors really easily and it makes the wait less annoying. According to statistics 1 in 6 adults of working age…