Independent Review of PIP

Wednesday 3 September 2014



Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment: first independent review call for evidence

The Department for Work and Pensions has appointed Paul Gray CB to undertake the first independent review of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment. This is the first independent review as required by Section 89 of the Welfare Reform Act 2012.

The review includes all stages of the PIP process – from making a claim, the face to face consultation, the daily living and mobility criteria and getting a decision.

This call for evidence is one of several methods used to gather information during the review. Paul Gray will use evidence from this review to inform his report to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which will be laid before Parliament before the end of 2014.

More information on the review can be found here:

And to feedback your comments, click here:

Deadline for responses is Friday 5 September 2014.

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Monday 1 September 2014




Disability Can Do is proud to announce the introduction of a brand new advocacy service funded by the Big Lottery’s People and Places Programme. This grant has awarded the sum of £571, 252 for a three year project and will expand our current advocacy provision by offering further support to adults with disabilities. In addition to providing independent advocacy, this project will see the introduction of a volunteer-led citizen advocacy service which will offer one to one, longer term support for service users. The service will also provide an in-patient advocacy service based at Ysbty Ystrad Fawr in Ystrad Mynach as well as  non-instructed advocacy support for people with limited or no capacity.

The project, launching in January 2015, will follow the conclusion of our current advocacy project and will be delivered by an Independent Advocacy Manager, a Citizen Advocacy Manager and two assistants. The project also promises to bring a significant number of exciting volunteer opportunities which will be made available to local residents who are looking to support us in our work.

More information to follow.


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Weeky News Update

Friday 22 August 2014



Disability News Service - Weekly updates

Disability News Service (DNS) is run by John Pring, an experienced journalist who has been reporting on disability issues for nearly 20 years.

He launched DNS in April 2009 to address the absence of in-depth reporting in both the specialist and mainstream media on issues that affect the lives of disabled people.

The news service focuses on issues such as discrimination, equality, independent living, benefits, poverty and human rights, but also covers arts, culture and sport.

To see the latest news please click on the link below:

To receive weekly updates direct, you can subscribe to the newsfeed.

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Race Night 2014

Monday 11 August 2014

Race Night 

Good evening and welcome punters! You are cordially invited to the first Disability Can Do Race Night on 14th November @ 7pm! Join your fellow gamblers for some fun at the races as we host a night of winners, losers and money makers. With plenty of prizes to be won and refreshments provided this is an event that promises to bring excitement and tension in equal measure.

Tickets for the night will be available in the near future and we are still looking for individuals to donate a raffle prizes! If you are a local business who would like to get involved, either by donating a prize or sponsoring a horse then we would love to speak to you! 

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Fundraising News

Wednesday 6 August 2014


These past few weeks has seen Disability Can Do enter full swing fundraising mode! Donning our yellow t-shirts and appearing at all major summer events, we have been taking our knack for fun and fundraising into and across the Caerphilly Borough.

A big thank you goes out to all involved and those who have dedicated their free time to make the innovative and crowd pleasing activities used at the events. These have included the very popular “Play your cards right” (see below), Tombola, Lucky Dip and the sales of the fashionable “Loom Bands”! This this has raised an impressive £1453 so far and we aren’t even halfway through the summer schedule!

So if you fancy your luck then step right up and come and see us at our remaining events! We have plenty of prizes to be won and are always on hand to offer information about our services. Just look for our logo and the bright yellow tops!

michelle big cheese   Lana demonstrating play your cards right game

You can find us here:

Ael Y Bryn Family Fun Day: 7th August
The Bedwellty Show: 16th August
Barking Mad Dog Show: 26th August

And later on this year…

Can Do Sponsored Walk: 20th September


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Recognising Success

Wednesday 23 July 2014



Recognising Success 

Congratulations are in order for Disability Can Do volunteer Rhys Nute, 22, who has been recognised by Caerphilly County Borough Council in their annual Voluntary Sector Awards. Rhys has been involved with the organisation for over 3 years and has contributed over 900 hours to the advocacy service.  Rhys was nominated for Inspirational Volunteer of the Year by the staff team and has surpassed many worthy candidates to take home the award. during the ceremony hosted at Ty Penallta.

During the award ceremony Cllr. Gerald Jones described Rhys’ contribution to the organisation as truly inspirational and later thanked him for his work in delivering support to residents across the borough. Receiving his award from Caerphilly Mayor David Carter, Rhys was applauded by friends, staff and trustees of Disability Can Do along with many other delegates from the voluntary sector. Rhys has now gone on to find full time employment in the field of web design and will use his experience gained at the organisation to kick-start his career!

Both the Staff and Trustee board would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Rhys and thank all of the volunteer team for their dedication in improving the quality of life of disabled people across the borough. Without your help our ability to deliver our much needed services would be considerably reduced.

Congratulations again Rhys!

RHYS receiving mayor award

 "Rhys receiving his award from Mayor David Carter"

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"Rhys and Tom at the new Can Do Centre"


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Donations Needed!

Saturday 12 July 2014



Our volunteers need your support!


They are trying to raise funds for our new premises by attending lots of events up and down the county borough holding stalls at fayres and fetes.

They need your donations!

Are you able to donate tins, bottles, raffle prizes, bric-a-brac, unwanted gift items?

Our volunteers will arrange collection if you are unable to bring items to us.

Please telephone us if this is an issue for you.

We will accept any donation providing it is not an electrical item and it is clean, in date and in good working order.  Please be generous if you can!

Thank You

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Can Do road show hits town!!

Saturday 5 July 2014



Our Disability Awareness Roadshow will traveling around the Caerphilly County Borough next week. Take alook at the schedule of times and venues and keep an eye out for us in your area, pop by and have a chat.

Monday 7th July
11am – 2pm Rhymney Library Car Park
3 – 7pm Tesco Ystrad Mynach (unconfirmed)

Tuesday 8th July
10am – 2pm Lidl, Risca
3 – 7pm Tesco, Risca

Wednesday 9th July
10am – 2pm Opposite Gelligaer Surgery
3 – 7pm Sainsbury’s Pontllanfraith (foyer)

Thursday 10th July
10am – 2pm Asda Blackwood
3 – 7pm Newbridge Meredith Terrace Car Park

Friday 11th July
10am – 3pm Caerphilly Morrison’s

Saturday 12th July
11am – 4pm Risca Hoedown Fair
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* New Job Opportunity*

Wednesday 4 June 2014


Housing Support Co-ordinator
full time (35 hrs per week) £19,317
Initial contract length of 2 yrs with continuation being subject to funding.

To apply:

Please send a current CV along with two referees and a covering letter detailing your housing related work experience over the past two years.  (Please minimise your cover letter to 2 pages of A4 maximum.)
to by no later than 12noon Fri 20th June 2014.

Please note:
The Trustee Board is looking for an immediate start for the successful applicant.

An enhanced DBS check applies to this post.

If you require further information please telephone 01495 233555.

Please See below Job Description


The Job Role Title:                                   Housing Support Co-ordinator

 Responsible To:                                        Charity Manager

 Salary:                                                          £19,317 Full Time (35 hrs per week)

 Main Office Base:                                      Penllwyn Millennium Centre

 Job Purpose

To provide flexible, housing related support to disabled people to enable them to sustain their tenure, thrive and live independently. Engage with service users and build trusting relationships.

The role will include visiting service users in their own homes as part of a structured approach to their support, working closely with other professionals and agencies to provide a co-ordinated service, which meets the identified needs of the individuals and will allow them to attain or sustain accommodation suitable for their needs.


Key Duties & Responsibilities

  • Support disabled people to access the information, support and skills needed to maintain & retain their homes.
  • Complete a needs assessment and identify any potential risks relating to the disabled person.
  • Develop and agree upon a support plan that will meet the identified support needs of the disabled person.
  • Support disabled people to access services and facilities that will enable them to maintain and develop their independence and achieve the desired outcomes within their support plan.
  • Regularly review and evaluate the effectiveness of the support plan and agree upon new actions if required.
  • Ensure that the services who have agreed to provide support are working towards meeting the identified support needs of the disabled person.
  • Support people to apply to Council/social landlords and private letting agencies if they need or are considering alternative accommodation.
  • Support disabled people to liaise with and where appropriate negotiate with landlords.
  • Enable disabled people to compare utilities costs and offer support with moving to an alternative provider if desired.
  • Negotiate & advocate for the disabled person to ensure they receive services from statutory, non statutory, voluntary services & any other services or agencies if needed & participate in case conferences with these agencies as required.
  • Refer the disabled person to the Can Do Independent Advocacy service if needed.
  • Offer emotional support to the disabled person & help them access appropriate services as needed.
  •  Offer the disabled person support with financial matters including budgeting & accessing appropriate debt management support as needed.
  • Support the disabled person to maximise their income and to refer them to the Can Do Welfare support team if needed.
  • Support people to explore options for transport, including applications for bus passes & blue badges or to develop road safety skills or practice routes for public transport.
  • Promote physical & mental wellbeing
  • Encourage and support the disabled person to maintain the security of their home. To report repairs & arrange for home improvements & adaptations if needed.
  • Support and encourage the disabled person to keep appointments and plan ahead.
  • Network with local community, services, professionals & research appropriate information to assist the disabled person.
  • Promote the service at community locations and organised events as necessary.
  • Induct, support and supervise the volunteer team who assist with the day to day running and delivery of the housing related support service.
  • Receive referrals, arrange initial appointments and manage waiting lists as required. 
  • Self manage a caseload, including managing an outlook diary, appointments and prioritising the needs of the people we support.
  • Set up and maintain accurate records and provide information & reports as required.
  • To have an awareness & understanding of Disability Can Do’s policies & procedures.



  • Post-holders are expected to be aware of work pressures on other colleagues and proactively offer to assist where their workload allows.
  • It is important that post holders have the ability to think strategically and creatively, to plan, organise and manage workload effectively.
  • Must be able to multi-task and handle multiple demands, stretching targets and to grasp new concepts quickly.
  • Be able to support diversity and equality of opportunity in the workplace.
  • The post holder will be working in a developing environment and he/she will therefore be expected to undertake other appropriate duties as required for the effective operation of the organisation.
  • Contribute to team meetings and organisational priorities and abide by organisational policies and practices.
  • Responsibility for health and safety in the area under his/her control and ensure that he/she is familiar with the organisations policy on statement on health and safety.
  • A commitment to participation in all relevant training and other development opportunities that will allow progression within the role.
  • To work alongside, support and supervise volunteers to the Organisation.


Person Specification


Essential or Desirable





Substantial experience in Housing related support and or Health & Social Care.



Experience of working alongside, supporting and supervising volunteers.



Skills & Abilities



The skill and ability to devise, implement and review support plans and to undertake, record, monitor and review risk assessments.



The skill and ability to receive referrals, manage waiting lists and self manage a caseload.



Ability to accurately maintain records and provide information & reports when required.



Ability to use a variety of IT systems including Microsoft office.



Ability to negotiate support from statutory, non statutory & the voluntary sector. Joint work with other providers and ensure that agreed interventions are delivered and reviewed as required.



The ability to assist the person supported to set up and maintain a home.



The ability to offer advice when the person supported requires it, helping support their family and social relationships.



The ability to assist those supported to keep appointments and attend important meetings.



The ability to network with the local community, services, professionals




The skill and ability to offer the person supported assistance with matters relating to welfare benefits, finance and budgeting.



The ability to develop personal life-skills and social skills of the person supported, offering emotional support where needed.



Enable people supported to maintain the security of their home, report repairs and arrange home improvements and adaptations.



To source and advocate for the person supported to access agencies that may be able to assist with counselling.



The ability to drive & have access to a car for transport. Must also be willing to have business insurance



Knowledge and Understanding



Understanding of and commitment to Can Do’s mission, aims, policies and procedures.



Understanding of the role of a Housing Support Coordinator.




Understanding of the need for privacy and confidentiality.




Knowledge of national and local housing legislation, policies, procedures and protocols.



Knowledge of First Aid, Food Hygiene, Health & Safety and POVA.




Knowledge of the issues that affect people who have issues relating to mental health/substance misuse/domestic abuse/learning disabilities/physical disabilities or being a vulnerable young person/older person/ex offender/vulnerable single or two parent family.



An understanding of, and commitment to, equal opportunities.



Commitment to providing an effective role model for both the people we support and staff.



Commitment to working as part of a team, in particular with a range of other agencies.



Willingness to attend training, help with in house training, learn new skills and be open to new ideas.



A commitment to enable people to do things rather than doing for people.



Willingness to advocate on behalf of person referred for support.



Ability to support senior management and the trustee board in long term planning of the service.



Education and Training



‘A’ level/QCF 2(or equivalent) or willingness to undertake.







This job description/specification is indicative of the range of current duties and responsibilities of the post holder, it is not comprehensive.  It is inevitable that the duties will change to reflect the organisational development, and it is essential therefore that it should be regarded with a degree of flexibility, so that changing needs can be met.  These changes will be discussed with the post holder.  Substantial changes could require a job evaluation re-assessment, which could affect the job grade and contractual terms.


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