New Centre/ Neighbourhood Manager

posted Oct 3, 2017, 5:30 AM by Jackie Flynn

Thank you to the Tudor Trust who have provided the funding for a Community Centre/Neighbourhood Manager for our building. Mandy Richardson and Jackie Flynn job share the new role. They have lots of experience of working with communities and neighbourhood management in Burnley. They will be helping volunteers to manage the centre, and will be fundraising to keep us going in future years.

Changes to our Welfare Rights Service

posted Apr 5, 2016, 12:07 PM by Richard Chipps   [ updated Dec 15, 2016, 4:47 AM ]

Our planned reduction of Welfare Rights did not take place, in fact our work load increased massively due to demand and the lack of other agencies being able to provide a service. However we are in 2017 going to introduce workshops for filling in PIP and ESA forms so that we can deal with number of clients at the same time and the planned changes will take place as per the following statement issued in April 2016.

Regrettably the need for our service has reached the point where we are no longer able to provide the service on a 1 to 1 basis. The centre is run by volunteers and our ability to deal with provision of service is limited only by our own illnesses and the number of people we have who are able to provide that service.The need locally has reached such a point that all our other provision is starting to suffer due to our concentrating on Welfare Rights. We are therefore from the end of April tailing of our service as it is currently. We will continue to issue informative guidance on claiming and dealing with appeals and tribunals, all existing clients can at any time call in and collect any information we hold and in the vast majority of cases will, with the guidance, be able to successfully fill in their own forms. We shall continue to assist, where absolutely necessary, cases where people can not physically or mentally cope with forms.

Personal Hygiene

posted Sep 14, 2015, 3:43 AM by Richard Chipps

We realise that often it is very difficulty to maintain good hygiene when trying to exist on limited benefits. However it is also very difficult for other people to be able to work in an environment that is not pleasant due to body odour or unwashed clothing. We ask that you do your best to address matters and consider other users. If you have difficulties and are finding it hard to find solutions then please do not be embarrassed and ask to see the chair of the group, you don't have to say why.
Additionally personal hygiene will be a barrier to finding work. Please take your time to consider the matter. There may be times when we have to ask people to leave due to the problem and we hope to avoid any unnecessary embarrassment.

Computers and Drop in Sessions

posted Sep 12, 2015, 4:01 AM by Richard Chipps

Good News, Councillors local fund, WOF, Bank Hall, Lower Lane Head and Queensgate have clubbed together to provide £4500 to upgrade all our computers which will allow us to have two suites of 13 and 12, total 25, of quality, fast internet, computers for drop in and education. Currently submitting paperwork, will probably close for the half term week in October to complete the upgrade. Thanks to the relevant Councillors.


posted Sep 12, 2015, 3:57 AM by Richard Chipps

This years assessments are taking place on the 17th September at 12.45 upstairs at the library. 


posted Sep 12, 2015, 3:20 AM by Richard Chipps   [ updated Sep 14, 2015, 1:49 AM ]

As previously mentioned throughout the site, we are a voluntary group. Volunteering is not always about us it can be about the volunteer. Many of us here at Thursby Garden find it impossible to cope with our illnesses and a work environment where we are expected to work under other people's timetables. With many variable illnesses that affect how you perform throughout the day its only possible to work in a fully flexible environment that allows you to manage your own time. That doesn't mean you are not able to contribute. By volunteering you are able to still have a purpose, feel more fulfilled, contribute to helping others and feeling that you are not just taking your benefits for granted but earning them.
We can provide a place for you to attend when you can, we can make exceptions and allowances where you might have particular needs, cant answer phones, don't like crowds, need to be close to the loo, might have to leave at a moments notice, cant manage to get in today......the list is endless but you will be amazed at how much better you cope with your illness when getting out for a few hours and being part of life.
Obviously there is a lot of suspicion and worries with regard to benefit and what the DWP are going to make of your ability to volunteer, does it mean you are capable of some kind of paid work? Remunerative work within all companies does not allow them to work like we do, we can make the necessary environment, concessions and adaptions to your specific needs so that you are able to contribute a few hours, often you may pay later for working those few hours but its worth it, it is viewed as a positive by the DWP too and will not in anyway be used as a decisive factor in assessing our ability to work.
Imagine if everyone on benefits, unemployed, retired, sick and disabled did some element of voluntary work, from running centres to simply keeping the front of your own house clean, mood and physical issues would be relieved, areas would prosper more, communities would be more united with less ASB, less littering, less criminal damage, more difficult for people to deal drugs and other undesirable practices due to a united community and we would no longer be judged as a burden to our society but as a plus.....a big plus. 

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