£7million in unclaimed benefits accessed in 2009
25 February 2010
Over 12,500 people affected by Parkinson's claimed over
£7million in benefits in 2009, and accessed other services they may
have missed out on, thanks to our new team of information and support workers
It's a real achievement that we are helping more people affected by Parkinson's than ever before.
Steve Ford, Chief Executive
In 2009, information and support workers helped claim double the
amount of money in benefits for people with Parkinson's and their
carers compared to the whole of 2008.
The new service reaches out to more people than ever before. It
offers one-to-one information and emotional support to people with
Parkinson's, their families and carers.
Why was the service needed?
We developed the service as a direct result of listening to the
needs of people with Parkinson's and their carers.
Navigating the health, social care and benefits system can be
difficult, and people don't know where to go for help.
The service enables people to access the service and benefits
Up to date information and emotional support
Steve Ford, our Chief Executive comments:
"It's a real achievement that we are helping more people
affected by Parkinson's than ever before.
"Information and support workers are a vital part of the service
we offer. They give people affected by Parkinson's up to date
information and emotional support to deal with the fluctuating
nature of the condition, and help people to find their way through
the health and social care systems.
"Information and support workers can link to other services we
offer, such as our helpline, website, information resources, and
local branches and support groups."